Gerd Müller
(West Germany)


    Gerd Müller - "Der Bomber" is the most prolific striker in World Cup history with a record of 14 goals from two tournaments. Gerhard Müller was born in November 1945 at Nördlingen, and began with his local club before joining Bayern Munich and helping them into the Bundesliga in 1965, only a season after signing. 

     His international debut was in October 1966 against Turkey, West Germany's first match after the defeat in the 1966 final against England. By the 1970 World Cup he was averaging around a goal for every international appearance and then hit ten in six matches, including successive hat-tricks, as the Germans reached the semi-finals. Müller scored four goals in the 1974 finals, including the winner in the final against Holland, which infact was his last international. 

     He helped Bayern to many domestic and European honours, was European Footballer Of The Year in 1970 and twice won the Golden Boot, scoring 365 goals in 628 senior games over all, including 68 in only 62 internationals to pass Uwe Seeler's record. He never fully recovered from injury in 1978 and finished his career with Fort Lauderdale in the NASL, scoring 38 goals in 75 season games in three years. 

 

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