Gerd Muller was one of the most lethal strikers the footballing world has ever seen. The German striker had more than one goal per game average at international level and almost a goal per game average with football clubs. Due to this brilliant goal scoring rate, Muller was nicknamed Der Bomber.
Muller started his career with 1861 Nordlingen, where he scored 51 goals in 31 appearances in a single season. In 1964, the German striker moved to Bayern Munich and stayed there for 15 years.
During his time at Bayern Munich, Muller became a feared frontman. In his 453 appearances with Bayern Munich, the German striker won four Bundesliga titles, four DFB-Pokal trophies and three UEFA Champions Leagues. During this time, Muller achieved success with the German national team as well. The German striker won the UEFA Euro Cup in 1972 and FIFA World Cup in 1974.
The Bayern Munich striker scored for the German national team on numerous occasions. In the 1970 World Cup, Muller scored 10 goals and won his first Golden Boot at the competition. The German striker scored most goals (4) even in the 1972 UEFA Euro Cup.
In addition, Muller scored four goals at the 1974 FIFA World Cup and one of these goals came as the winning goal in the final game against the Netherlands. For his brilliant performance throughout his career at club and International level, Muller won the Ballon d’Or in 1970, European Golden Shoe in 1970 and 1972 and German Footballer of the Year award in 1967 and 1969.
Muller scored 14 goals at the World Cup which stood as a record from 1974 till 2006. Ronaldo was the striker, who surpassed the German striker to become the striker with most goals at the World Cup in 2006. The Bayern Munich striker also held the record of Germany’s top goal scorer until Miroslav Klose broke it in the 2014 World Cup.
Muller is also the leading goal-scorer in Bundesliga history with 365 goals. The closest active player to him is Robert Lewandowski with 180 goals. It’s safe to say that Muller’s record will remain intact for the years to come.