Gerhard ‘Gerd” Muller, a prolific striker known for his clinical finishing, he is regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers of all times.
Nicknamed ‘Der Bomber’ (the bomber), Muller was born on 3 November, 1945 in Nordlingen, Germany, he immediately impressed everyone with his unique qualities as a striker.
Great decision-making by Muller
In 1963, Gerd scored 180 goals in the season for his youth team. Both major teams from Munich, TSV 1860 Munich and FC Bayern Munich, wanted to sign him, but because 1860 Munich had more stars in the team he decided to join Bayern to make sure he would get a spot in the starting 11. There he would team up with future superstars Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier.
Time well spent in Munich for Muller
At this point in time, Bayern Munich played in the second highest league but with the help of the 33 goals scored by Muller they managed to qualify for the Bundesliga. He made his debut in the premier legue of Germany in 1965.
During his time in Munich, he won 4 national championships and 4 German Cup titles. With his 453 games and 398 goals for Bayern Munich, Gerd Muller remains the most successful goal scorer in the history of the German Bundesliga.
Achievements as a football player and early retirement
He played a fantastic World Cup in 1970 and was named Europe’s player of the year. He won the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup in 1974 in which he scored the winning goal in the final against the Netherlands. At 28 he ended his national team career due to personal reasons.
Before his retirement in 1982, he moved to the USA and signed a contract with NASL team Fort Lauderdale Strikers in 1979.