World and European football champion in the German national team Gerd Müller died on Sunday morning, according to the website of Bayern Munich. The footballer was 75 years old. “Today the world is frozen. The club and all its fans mourn “, – it says in the message of the press service of the Munich club.
Gerd Müller, as a football player for the Munich team, won the championship and the German Cup 4 times, the European Cup 3 times. He has also won one UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup and one Intercontinental Cup. He scored 566 goals for Bayern in 607 appearances, a record.
Playing for the FRG national team, Müller became world champion in 1974 and European champion in 1972. Until 2006, he held the record for the number of goals scored in the final stages of the World Championships – 14, which was surpassed by the Brazilian Ronaldo (15). Now the German Miroslav Klose (16) has the most of such goals. Müller also won the Golden Boot twice (1970, 1972), and in 1970 he received the Golden Ball. He is the top scorer in the history of the FRG Championship (365 goals), writes RBC.
“Müller was probably the greatest striker the land of Germany has ever produced. Its fantastic rating speaks for itself. We will never see a forward of this level again, ”said the head coach of the German national team Joachim Loew. His words leads Match TV.
The last match for the FRG national team, the “scorer of the nation” Gerd Müller played with the Netherlands in the final of the World Cup in 1974. He brought the country the winning goal. After that, the athlete announced his retirement: he explained his decision by the desire to spend more time with his newborn daughter. After leaving the big sport, Mueller fell into depression and began to abuse alcohol.
In 2015, the former Bayern striker ended up in a nursing home due to Alzheimer’s disease.