Munich, August 15 (IANS) Footballer Gerd Muller, the legend from Bayern Munich and Germany, died on Sunday morning, the club said. He was 75.
Muller, who helped West Germany win the World Cup in 1974, is left by his wife Uschi and a daughter.
Named Der Bomber for his amazing ability to hit goals, Muller spent 15 years in Bayern Munich. He scored 566 goals in 607 competitive matches for Bayern and still holds the record for most goals scored in the Bundesliga with 365, as well as being the top scorer seven times.
For Germany, he scored 68 goals in 62 international appearances and was the leading goal scorer in the 1970 World Cup.
“Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans. “Gerd Müller was the greatest striker he has ever been and a fine person and character of world football,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer told the club’s website.
“We are all united in deep grief with both his wife Uschi and his family.
FC Bayern would not be the club we all love today without Gerd Müller. His name and memory will live on forever, ”Hainer said.
Muller was the star of the 1970 World Cup and received the golden boot for scoring 10 goals. He helped West Germany win the European Championships in 1972.
“The news of Gerd Müller’s death makes us all deeply sad. He is one of the greatest legends in the history of FC Bayern, his achievements are unsurpassed to this day and will forever be a part of FC Bayern’s great history and the whole of German football, “said Bayern CEO Olivier Kahn.
As a player and person, Gerd Müller stands for FC Bayern and its development into one of the biggest clubs in the world like no other. Gerd will forever be in our hearts, ”he added.
Muller was a member of the golden generation of Bayern Munich and German football, which included e.g. Franz Beckenbauer, Berti Vogts and Uli Hoenes.