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Germany and Bayern legend Gerd Muller passes away

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The Football world lost one of its greatest strikers as Germany legend Gerd Muller passed away at the age of 75. His former club Bayern Munich announced the news of his death.

Known as “Der Bomber” for his impressive goalscoring prowess, Muller was an integral part of the history of football in Germany. He is the all-time top scorer in the Bundesliga, with 365 goals from just 427 appearances.

Muller left a long-lasting legacy with all the goals as trophies that he won with Bayern Munich and Germany. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015. He is survived by his wife Uschi and their daughter Nicole.

MULLER, THE GERMANY AND BAYERN LEGEND

Der Bomber joined Bayern from his home town club TSV Nordlingen1964. Bayern Munich at that time was not the giants in German football as they are today. The club was playing at a league below the top league in Germany.

Muller was instrumental alongside his teammates Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier in propelling the Bavarians. Muller helped them to win the Bundesliga in the 1968-69 season. He consequently went on to win the title three more times from 1971.

This period saw Muller hitting goal after goal for his club. He won 4 DFB Pokal, 3 European Winners Cup with Bayern alongside his 4 Bundesliga titles. Meanwhile, he also won the Ballon d’Or award in 1970. He played 580 times for Bayern across all competitions and scored a massive 523 goals for them. However, he later left Bayern and went to the USA to play for Fort Lauderdale Strikers before retiring in 1981 at the age of 36.

Muller’s career with his national team was even impressive. The striker played for the West Germany side 62 times and scored a ridiculous 68 goals. Subsequently, he won the European Championship in 1972 and the FIFA World Cup in 1974. He famously scored in the final of both these competitions.

It was only a few months back when Robert Lewandowski broke Muller’s record of 40 goals scored in a single Bundesliga season. With news of Muller passing away, Lewandowski’s performance feels like the perfect tribute to one of the best in the games.

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