The German hitman grabbed a double to take his finals tally to 14 and move to within one of the Brazilian legend.
Now Klose, 32, hopes to overtake Ronaldo when the Germans face Spain in the semi-finals on Wednesday. Klose, who chatted with the Samba star at the 2002 tournament, said:
"I spoke with him after the final.
"At the time I would not have dreamed of ever coming close to him, needing two more goals to surpass him. I hope he's not too worried."