Bayern Munich, Germany Legend Gerd Muller Dies at Age 75

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVAugust 15, 2021

Former German soccer star, Gerd Mueller, right, working as a talent scout for his old team FC Bayern Munich talks to former football player and now general manager of the Bavarian club Uli Hoeness, on January 9, 1992 in Munich, Germany. (AP Photo/Arne Dedert)
AP Photo/Arne Dedert

Former Bayern Munich star Gerd Muller died Sunday at the age of 75, the club announced in a statement.

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FC Bayern are mourning the passing of Gerd Müller. <br><br>The FC Bayern world is standing still today. The club and all its fans are mourning the death of Gerd Müller, who passed away on Sunday morning at the age of 75.

"Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans," Bayern President Herbert Hainer said. "Gerd Muller 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 appeared in 607 competitive matches for Bayern Munich from 1964-79, scoring 566 total goals. His 365 Bundesliga goals remains a record in the league, while he was the top scorer in Germany's top flight seven different times.

He set a Bundesliga record with 40 goals in a single season that stood until Robert Lewandowski scored 41 for Bayern Munich in 2020-21.

During his stretch with Bayern Munich, Muller led the club to four league titles, four DFB Cup trophies and three European Cups.

The striker also excelled for the West German national team, leading the squad to the 1974 World Cup title and 1972 European Championship. He scored 14 goals across his two appearances at the World Cup.

Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn discussed the superstar Sunday:

"The news of Gerd Muller’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."

Muller was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and made his last public appearance in 2013.