The unbridled joy that overcomes mortal beings as a result of rolling, swinging, jerking or simply crossing the goal line and sending a bulge into the net is probably one of the purest emotions in the beautiful game.
And a goal at the biggest stadium of all, the FIFA World Cup, can not only change the goalscorer’s life and legacy, but can also drive the world’s football-mad population into a frenzy time and time again.
The prestige and all that comes with being the top scorer in the world’s biggest showpiece belongs to clinical German legend Miroslav Klose, who pimped Brazilian phenom Ronaldo Nazario to take his place at the top of the World Cup scoreboards 2014 in Brazil that Die Mannschaft went on to win.
But the self-proclaimed Raumdeuter, Thomas Muller of Germany, has the chance to outdo his compatriot and a host of other household names, if all goes according to plan.
The 33-year-old, who has a knack for appearing in front of goal time and time again, has scored 10 goals in three editions of the World Cup after appearing on the international scene in South Africa in the year 2010.
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At the first ever World Cup to be held in Africa, the Bayern Munich forward managed to score five times, followed by another five goals in Brazil four years later to take his tally on the big stage to double figures.
But the joyous grin on the defending champion’s face was wiped out in Russia during the 2018 edition, where Muller and his beloved Germany crashed before the knockout stage when the Bavarian attacker failed to complete his burgeoning total.
Interestingly, he has the rare luxury of potentially hitting multiple milestones en route to his potential record-breaking attempt to reach the top of the goalscorers list at the world’s greatest spectacle.
Any goal the man from Weilhiem scores in Qatar would take him past legends of the game who have carved out a place in the football history books with their goalscoring feats in the greatest event of all.
Muller is joint seventh together with illustrious names such as Gary Linekar, Gabriel Batistuta, Grzegorz Lato, Teofilo Cubillas and compatriot Helmut Rahn ahead of the opening day in Qatar.
One goal on the Middle East World Cup debut will put him above his current peers, placing him alongside childhood hero Jurgen Klinsmann and Hungarian Sandor Kocsis, who have 11 goals each to their name.
In the event that he scores twice in the desert lands spectacle, he would be on par with three-time World Cup winner and arguably the greatest player in the history of the sport, Edson Arantes do Nascimento, popularly known by his another name, Pele.
If the two-time UEFA Champions League winner Muller manages to net three times in oil-rich Sheikdom, he would match the exploits of 13-goal Frenchman Justin Fontaine.
With four goals, Muller would equalize with his namesake, Gerd Muller, who is currently third on the list. The iconic ‘Der Bomber’ made his living scoring numerous goals on the international and domestic scenes over the expanse of his glittering career. The German hero has 14 goals to his credit in the flagship FIFA event that he amassed over just two World Cups in Deutschland colors.
The winner of the Golden Boot of the 2010 FIFA World Cup would join Ronaldo, who helped Brazil to the World Cup twice with his contributions to the Selecao of 15 goals in three tournaments.
Bayern Munich’s Player of the Season for 2021-2022 would reach dizzying heights if he manages to tick the scoreboard half a dozen times at the Islamic State, as that would put him on par with Klose himself with 16 goals on the table. the World Cup.
As grisly as it may sound, seven goals in the upcoming World Cup would put Muller in a league of its own at the top of the World Cup football scorer rankings, as the baby-faced killer tries to banish the ghosts of Russia and redeem himself after the disastrous World Cup defeat. campaign of 2018.
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