Bayern Munich mourning as Germany World Cup icon Gerd Muller passes away aged 75
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Bayern Munich have announced that legendary striker Gerd Muller sadly passed away at the age of 75 during the early hours of Sunday morning.
Muller scored a sensational 566 goals in 607 games for Bayern between 1964 and 1979, winning four Bundesliga titles and three European Cups.
Nicknamed Der Bomber, Muller is also one of the greatest players in the history of the West Germany national side, scoring 68 goals in just 62 appearances.
Having lifted the Ballon d'Or in 1970, Muller scored four goals at the 1974 FIFA World Cup as they beat the Netherlands in the final.
Sadly, Bayern announced in 2015 that Muller had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, saying that he had been ill for some time.
The club said in a statement today: "Today the world of FC Bayern stands still.
"The German record champions and his entire fan base mourn Gerd Muller who died early Sunday morning at the age of 75. Gerd Muller made history with the German record champions and the German national team.
"He scored an unbelievable 566 goals in 607 competitive games for FC Bayern and set the unprecedented record of 365 goals in the Bundesliga, he also secured the top scorer seven times.
"For the DFB selection, he scored 68 times in 62 outings."
Club President Herbert Hainer added: “Today is a sad, black day for FC Bayern and all of its fans.
"Gerd Muller was the greatest striker there has ever been – and a fine person, a personality in world football. We are united in deep sorrow with his wife Uschi and his family.
"Without Gerd Muller, FC Bayern would not be the club we all love today. His name and the memory of him will live on forever."
Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn added: “The news of Gerd Muller's death affects us all deeply.
"He is one of the greatest legends in the history of FC Bayern, his achievements are unmatched to this day and will forever be part of the great history of FC Bayern and all of German football.
"As a player and as a person, Gerd Müller stands like no other for FC Bayern and its development into one of the largest clubs in the world. Gerd will be in our hearts forever "
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