Bayern’s historical striker Gerd Muller has passed away at 75 years of age, Bayern Munich announced today.
The fans over time dubbed him ‘Der Bomber’. He was a “hell” of a goalscoring machine either for the club or the international team.
In his international career with Die Mannschaft, Muller won the European Championships in 1972. He also lifted the World Cup in 1974, inscribing his name with gold in the history of the game.
“Today is a sad, black day for FC Bayern and all of its fans,” said Herbert Hainer, Bayern’s president, “Gerd Muller was the greatest striker there has ever been – and a fine person, a personality in world football.”
Muller was not only a football professional, but also a role model in his life. “As a player and a person, Müller stands for Bayern and its development into one of the largest clubs worldwide. Gerd will be in our hearts forever,” said Oliver Khan, the historical goalkeeper.
“We are united in deep sorrow with his wife Uschi and his family,” added Hainer, “Without Gerd Muller, FC Bayern would not be the club we all love today. His name and the memory of him will live on forever.”
His numbers with Bayern Munich
Since the dawn of his career, the player significantly impressed, whoever saw him playing. In his first Bayern debut, the player put in 33 appearances, scoring 15 goals. Surprisingly, this number was his lowest in his career.
Over time, he received Bundesliga top scorer seven times. Furthermore, the late Muller spent his entire football career with Bayern Munich.
Not only is he a 7-time top scorer, but also he is the top scorer in the history of Bundesliga. He played 427 games in 14 years, scoring 365 goals.
In 1970, Der Bomber lifted the Ballon d’Or, as he scored 40 goals in one single season in the Bundesliga. This record lived untouched and unbroken for 50 years until the new bomber broke the record. Robert Lewandowski last season scored more than 40 goals in one season.
Muller helped Bayern Munich to lift four Bundesliga titles and three European Cups before he finished his career. But he went back as a trainer in Bayern’s football school.
“The news of Gerd Muller’s death affects us all deeply,” said Chief executive Oliver Kahn, “He is one of the greatest legends in the history of FC Bayern. His achievements are unmatched and will forever be part of the great history of Bayern and all of German football.”