The passing away of Bayern Munich and Germany legend Gerd Muller has shocked the world of football. The former German side’s prolific striker died at the age of 75. The Bundesliga giants announced that the former star passed away on Sunday and is survived by his wife, Uschi, and daughter.
Gerd Muller was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015
During his career with Bayern Munich, he had scored an amassing 566 goals in 607 competitive appearances and still holds the record for the most goals scored in the Bundesliga with 365, as well as being top scorer seven times. He got 68 goals in 62 caps for the national team as well
Popularly regarded as ‘Der Bomber’, he had originally joined Bayern in summer 1964 and won the Intercontinental Cup, three European Cups, and a European Cup Winners’ Cup. He was a Bundesliga champion and DFB Cup winner four times each.
Der FC Bayern trauert um Gerd Müller.
Heute steht die Welt des FC Bayern still. Der deutsche Rekordmeister und seine gesamte Fangemeinde trauern um Gerd Müller, der am frühen Sonntagmorgen im Alter von 75 Jahren gestorben ist.
— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) August 15, 2021
While with the national team he captured the 1972 European Championship and the 1974 World Cup as he had scored the winning goal in the final in Munich against the Netherlands. Following his retirement, he remained with the club for a long time as a youth coach.
President Herbert Hainer had said in an official statement: “Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans. Gerd Müller was the greatest striker there’s ever been, and a fine person and character of world football. We’re all united in deep mourning with his wife Uschi as well as his family. FC Bayern wouldn’t be the club we all love today without Gerd Müller. His name and memory will live on forever.”
While the CEO and the German legend himself, Oliver Kahn said: “The news of Gerd Müller’s death deeply saddens us all. He’s one of the greatest legends in the history of FC Bayern, his achievements are unrivalled to this day and will forever be a part of the great history of FC Bayern and all of German football. As a player and a 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.”