SANTO ANDRE: The World Cup’s top-scorer Miroslav Klose has threatened to abandon his strict fitness regime to become a ‘party animal’ if Germany win final against Argentina.
The 36-year-old is the sole survivor from Die Mannschaft’s last World Cup final in 2002 and is eager to taste victory at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium in his fourth World Cup finals.
He scored a record 16th World Cup goal, his 71st for Germany, in Tuesday’s 7-1 semi-final rout of Brazil.
The Poland-born striker is poised to win his 137th cap in Rio and says all his focus is on Argentina -- but the World Cup title may stir his inner party animal.
“I can’t really guarantee anything, but if we do win the trophy, I can imagine that I will relax and there is a party beast, even in me,” he quipped.
But 12 years after losing the 2002 final, the last thing the veteran wants is to add Rio heartache to the bitter defeat in Yokohama.
“We enjoyed the win against Brazil, but we ticked it off after 24 hours,” said Klose. “In the next game, we have to again play to the best of our abilities.
“It feels really awful to lose a final, so it’s our time to win this one.”
A diligent trainer, Klose puts his career longevity down to his daily fitness regime, and has a gym in his home.
Having made his debut in 2001, he equalled, then broke Ronaldo’s record of 15 World Cup goals during Brazil 2014. But Klose said it will all count for nothing if Germany lose to Argentina.
“Yes, I have overtaken Ronaldo as the best goal-scorer, but that is something to take on board another day.”
Despite having witnessed Brazil’s Ronaldo score both goals in their 2-0 victory, Klose said he will not use the 2002 defeat as motivation.
He says the current squad are unified in their desire to become world champions.
“That was 12 years ago and I was really young, then as now, I just try to soak everything up, but you can’t compare the two matches,” said Klose.
“You see the degree of respect and commitment the squad has for each other.
“Team spirit’ is not an empty expression, no one is begrudging towards the others.
“They are all very professional, even if some of them are only 25 or 26.”AFP