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'Ronaldo is most complete attacker'

German 'Bomber' Gerd Muller said the Number 9 is the best at present.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 11:45 IST

German soccer legend Gerd Muller, who has been the World Cup's all-time top scorer for 32 years till Ronaldo netted the record-breaking 15th goal, said the Brazilian star is the "most complete attacker" of the present times and described his feat as a "great achievement".

Ronaldo becoming the World Cup's greatest goalscorer was not a "surprise" as even before the tournament started "it was obvious that he would get at least two goals and draw level, if not three and set a new record," Muller told the official website of the championship.

Muller, who scored 14 goals in the 1970 and 1974 editions of the Cup, hailed Just Fontaine of France, who had 13 goals in just one tournament in 1958 as "the best in my book" but also had warm words of praise for Ronaldo.

"Although Ronaldo is now in his third World Cup, this is nevertheless still a great achievement on his part. Playing at such a high level over such a long period of time, always managing to be fit at the right moment is unusual nowadays."

"In my opinion, he's the best, most complete attacker there is at the moment."

Asked about the criticism the Brazilian striker had to face over his fitness level and weight, Muller said Carlos Alberto Parreira's team need the 29-year-old Real Madrid star.

"Brazil need Ronaldo, they haven't got anyone quicker than him up front. Ronaldo is still pacy. He wasn't on top of his game in the first two matches, but against Japan, he could have got about five goals."