Legendary German striker, Gerd Müller, has passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 75.
Muller was regarded as one of the greatest strikers in football.
The World Cup and European Championship-winning striker was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2015 and had been living in a specialised care home.
A statement on Bayern Munich, Bundesliga giants club website announced his death: “Today the world of FC Bayern stands still. The club and all its fans are mourning the death of Gerd Muller, who passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 75.
“Muller made history with Bayern and the Germany national team. He scored an incredible 566 goals in 607 competitive appearances for Bayern 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.”
Bayern president Herbert Hainer said in a 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.”
Muller, regarded as an icon across the game, spent 15 years with Bayern and helped fire them to European Cup success on three occasions.
He was pivotal in Germany’s success in the 1970s, too. He was the top scorer in Euro 72 and struck twice in the final as they beat the Soviet Union 3-0.
He also netted the winning goal in the 1974 World Cup final as his side ran out 2-1 winners against the Netherlands.