Gerd Müller, “The Greatest Striker Ever”, Died at Age 75

Munich-Bayern Munich, former West German soccer player Gerd Müller, known for his scoring ability as “Dare Bomber”, has died. He was 75 years old.

The Bayern club announced his death on Sunday, and club president Herbert Hainer said, “It was a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans.”

Müller scored 566 goals in Bavaria between 1964 and 1979, helping the team achieve four German titles, four German Cup wins and three European Cup wins. He scored the most goals scored in the Bundesliga at 365 and scored in 427 league games.

Muller’s goals, scored in various ways, helped to mark the arrival of a great era in the club, which won the promotion to Bayern’s Bundesliga in 1965 and laid the foundation for today’s success.

“Gerd Müller was the best striker ever, a great footballer in the world and unique,” Heiner said in a statement posted on the club’s website. “We are all in deep mourning with his wife Uski and his family.”

Former West German forward Rudi Völler said, “It was a sad day for football.” Gerd’s performance will be unforgettable. “

The tribute also came from outside Germany.

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Former England forward Gary Lineker said He said, “I loved seeing him as a kid and learned a lot from doing so. The best penalty box goal scorer I’ve ever seen.”

Bayern announced in October 2015 that Müller had “long-term” Alzheimer’s disease and had been professionally cared for with family support since the beginning of February of that year.

Müller has played 607 times in Bayern. He was the top scorer in the 7th league. He, like his former teammates Franz Beckenbauer and Uli Hoeneß, was able to score important goals for Bayern to become a German power.

Müller’s 40-goal record for the 1971-72 Bundesliga season was broken only last season when current Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski scored 41 points at the last moment of the last match. rice field.

Müller also helped West Germany win the European Championship in 1972 and score a winning goal in the final against the Netherlands at the World Cup two years later.

Rainer Bonhof remembers setting up Muller for a winning goal in Munich.

“I played the ball hard from the right, so the ball came backwards from his foot. And he fired the ball into a 2-1 goal through the foot of a Dutch player. He He was the only one who could do such a thing, “Bonhof told the edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper on Monday.

Müller played 62 games in West Germany and scored 68 goals. It was a national record that was surpassed in 2014 by Miroslav Klose, who only needed 129 appearances to match him.

“He was the best German forward ever. Without him, FC Bayern and the German team would not have been able to follow this successful path,” said Bayern President Markus Söder. “I was a big fan of myself. Everything in Bavaria is in mourning.”

Bavarian rival Borussia Dortmund’s CEO also paid tribute.

“Gerd Müller was one of the greatest idols of my childhood and youth,” said Hans Joachim Wattsuke. “I was very honored to know him personally as a very humble and fun person. He was an excellent player who has greatly benefited the FC Bayern and German football teams.”

Müller became a Bavarian youth coach after playing with players such as Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Müller.

“His achievements are unmatched to this day and will be part of the wonderful history of FC Bayern and all German football,” Bayern President Oliver Kahn added in a club statement. “As a player and as a person, Gerd Müller represents the development of FC Bayern and one of the largest clubs in the world like no other. Gerd is in our hearts forever. “

Associated Press