Rio de Janeiro: In the same week he usurped Ronaldo as the FIFA World Cup's top scorer, Germany striker Miroslav Klose said the Brazilian legend remains football's most complete player.
Klose, who equalled Ronaldo's 15-goal tally against Ghana in the group stage, netted his record-breaking 16th goal in Germany's 7-1 defeat of Brazil on Tuesday, reports Xinhua.
"He was an outstanding player," the Lazio striker said during a press conference on Thursday.
"I play in Italy and everyone I speak to there says that Ronaldo was the best player that ever played in Italy. For me he was the most complete player ever."
Ronaldo, now working as a television commentator for Brazilian broadcaster Globo, graciously congratulated Klose live on air during Tuesday's match.
Klose said he was grateful for Ronaldo's humility.
"Obviously it must be bitter for him that he was in the stadium when I overtook him in the match against Brazil," Klose said.
"Before he sent a message out 'Klose - welcome in the club of 15'. I can now send out this message: 'Miroslav Klose in the club of 16 and everyone's welcome to join'."
Klose is one of only three players to score at four World Cup finals -- along with Brazil legend Pele and Germany's Uwe Seeler.
He is also Germany's all-time record scorer with 71 goals in 136 international matches.