He followed that up with a goal against China, a brace against Costa Rica and another in the second-round win over Belgium.
The Inter Milan striker failed to breach England's defence in the quarter-final, leaving the goalscoring duties to fellow R's Rivaldo and Ronaldinho.
But he quickly bounced back to form in the semi-final, scoring his team's only goal in the win over Turkey.
His opening goal against Germany pulled him level with Gregorz Lato's total of seven from the 1974 World Cup.
And his second ensured that he became the most prolific World Cup score since 1970, when his mentor Pele was a member of the Brazilian side.
It also pulled Ronaldo level with Pele's World Cup goalscoring tally of 12 goals and put him within reach of Muller's all-time scoring record of 14.
Ronaldo will be 29 when the next World Cup moves under way in Germany.
And if Ronaldo can stay injury free and reproduce the sort of form he has shown over the last month, the record will surely be his.