Gerd Müller has won everything there is to win. The former Bayern player is still admired for his goals. Today the striker is celebrating his 75th birthday – but there is a sad shadow to the happy day.
“As a striker you have to know where the goal is”, Gerd Müller once said and added confidently: “I knew that.” Today, the “bomber of the nation” is 75 years old – but celebrating is difficult given the former striker’s ill health. “He hardly eats anything anymore, can barely swallow, has been in bed for almost 24 hours, has only been awake a few moments. It’s so nice when he opens his eyes. said his wife Uschi Müller of “Bild”.
But old companions agree: Gerd Müller was one of the most important people for FC Bayern Munich and an excellent football player. “Gerd Müller was the greatest striker of all time, especially in the penalty area, where he was like the ‘ghost of the opera’,” said Bavaria’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and the numbers prove this. Müller scored 1,251 goals in 998 games for FC Bayern between 1964 and 1979 and was the top scorer at the 1970 World Cup in Mexico with ten goals. “Today he would be Messi, Ronaldo and a few others together – but he wouldn’t want to be,” Paul Breitner told NDR.
Beckenbauer: “Gerd was like a brother to me”
Uli Hoeneß, the Honorary President of Bavaria, pays tribute to the attacker’s human side on his birthday: “Gerd was a great player, a great teammate and still a great, great person to this day. here at FC Bayern are immensely grateful to him forever. “
A person who sometimes struggled with alcohol: “At first I didn’t even notice how I was sliding deeper and deeper and needed help. Until I was dragged to the Uli”, Müller told the “Abendzeitung”. Hoeneß then provided therapy and after four weeks he was dry, said the 1974 world champion.
Franz Beckenbauer also turned 75 a few weeks ago. The “Kaiser” appreciates Müller for his carelessness as a player and emphasizes the deep connection with the record scorer: “We were not only teammates, but sworn friends. Gerd was like a brother to me. Me. “I’m sure people will still be in 100 years. Talk about Gerd Müller. And you’ll still be amazed how he scored all his goals. He was a phenomenon.”