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Gerd Torpedo died »Müller, the German soccer legend scorer

Gerd Torpedo died »Müller, the German soccer legend scorer

Gerd Müller, nicknamed “The Bomber” or “Torpedo”, died today at the age of 75, reported Bayern Munich, the club to which the career of this legendary German football scorer is linked.

“Today is a tragic, black day for Bayern and their fans. Gerd Müller was the greatest striker in history, an excellent person and a figure in world football, ”Bavarian club president Herbert Hainer wrote in a statement.

Müller arrived at Bayern in 1964 and marked an era at that club, which he left in 1979. As an international for his country, he was European champion in 1972 and World champion two years later.

Regardless of titles, the “Torpedo Müller” was a figure loved by his compatriots, both for his sporting successes and for his simple demeanor, who did not try to compete in prominence with other Bayern historical figures, the “kaiser” Franz Beckenbauer and Karl -Heinz Rummenigge.

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He spent the last years away from public life. In 2011, Alzheimer’s was detected, although it was not known until 2014.

Müller is associated with the successes of Bayern Munich and the German national team in the 1970s. He had, until a few months ago, the absolute record for goals in a season, with 40 in 1971/1972.

Last May he was dethroned by current Bayern star forward, Pole Robert Lewandowski, scoring 41.

But in the collective memory of the Bundesliga Gerd Müller will remain the leading scorer of all time.

“The news of Gerd Müller’s death has shocked us all,” said Bayern Chairman of the Board of Directors and former German international Oliver Kahn.

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«He is one of the great legends of our Bayern. Nobody has surpassed performance and it will remain for eternity a page in the history of Bayern and German football, “continues the former goalkeeper.

Müller played 607 official matches for the Bavarian club and scored 566 goals for the club. Only in league matches he achieved 365 goals, which makes him his top scorer.

With the national jersey he played 62 games and his was the goal that the World Cup gave to Germany against the Netherlands.

After winning four leagues with Bayern and four German cups, Müller left his lifelong club to go to the American league to finish his career at the Fort Lauderdale Striker.

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He spent a few years in the United States, now retired, to return to Germany in 1984.

He did not adapt well to football inactivity. In recent times, with diagnosed dementia, he spent in his world, hardly eating and practically all day lying in bed, according to his wife, Uschi Müller, in an interview with the popular newspaper “Bild”, when he turned 75 years, last November. EFE (HN)

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