|Estimated value:||€2 million|
|Country of origin:||Germany|
|Source of Wealth:||soccer player|
Gerd Müller earned the title “Bomber of the Nation” with his extraordinary skills as a striker. With 365 goals, he is still the most successful Bundesliga goalscorer of all time.
He also won numerous titles with FC Bayern Munich, including the German championship, the European Cup and the World Cup. In addition, he became European and World Champion with the German national team.
After his career, the “bomber of the nation” increasingly struggled with alcohol problems, which brought him to the brink of financial ruin in the early 1990s. Müller only managed to break free from alcohol thanks to the help of his old friends from FC Bayern Munich.
After a successful rehab, the Bayern manager at the time, Uli Hoeneß, offered him a job as a striker and goalkeeping coach with the amateurs at FC Bayern Munich, which he only gave up in 2014 due to Alzheimer’s disease.
Gerd Müller was born in 1945 as the son of Christina Karoline and Johann Heinrich Müller in the Bavarian-Swabian Nördlingen, where he grew up in modest circumstances.
Like so many professionals of his generation, he began his career as a street footballer. However, Müller was so shy that he only joined his first club, TSV 1861 Nördlingen, at the age of twelve.
He was first called up to the youth team of the Bavarian Football Association in the A-Jugend after scoring 180 of his club’s 204 goals this season. After moving to the TSV men’s team, Müller made a significant contribution to promotion to the state league with 47 goals in 28 games.
Away from the pitch, Müller got his high school diploma. He sacrificed an apprenticeship as a weaver for his career as a professional soccer player.
With his impressive scoring rate, Müller eventually attracted the interest of larger clubs. In 1964, at the age of just 18, he switched to FC Bayern Munich, which at the time was still playing in the South Regional League. With Müller’s help, promotion to the Bundesliga was achieved at the end of the season.
In his first Bundesliga season, Müller scored 14 goals in 33 games and won the DFB Cup with his team.
In the 1966/67 season, Müller finally managed to establish himself as a first-choice striker in the FC Bayern team. His 28 goals not only made him top scorer, but also footballer of the year. The season was crowned by winning the European Cup Winners’ Cup.
In the 1968/69 season, Müller was instrumental in winning the doubles of championship and cup victory. Thirty goals made him top scorer and footballer of the year again.
In the “golden seventies” of FC Bayern, Müller continued to soar. He and his team managed to become German champions three times in a row. The European Cup of National Champions was also won three times in a row.
In 1976 Bayern crowned their achievement by winning the World Cup. This success also marks the zenith of Müller’s career and the end of FC Bayern Munich’s “golden seventies”.
In 1979, Gerd Müller switched to the North American professional league, where he once again shone with excellent goal odds. After two years in Fort Lauderdale, he retired at the age of 36.
Despite his unprecedented record at FC Bayern Munich, Gerd Müller celebrated the highlight of his career with the German national team. After Müller was called up to the national team for the first time in 1966, he established himself as a regular player during the 1970 World Cup in Mexico with ten goals. Although the German national team was eliminated by Italy in the semi-finals, Müller was still the top scorer.
The title was only won four years later at the “Home World Cup”. The decisive goal to make it 2-1 in the final against the Netherlands became the highlight of Müller’s career.
“The most beautiful thing is a shot into an empty goal”
“You also have to be able to hit blind, you have to know where the goal is without looking.”
“My greatest triumph was overcoming alcohol”
With 365 goals, Gerd Müller is the record goalscorer in the Bundesliga
In 1970, Müller was the first German to be voted Europe’s Footballer of the Year
In the 1971/72 season Müller scored the record of 40 Bundesliga goals in one season
Over the course of his career, Müller was top scorer in eighteen competitions (seven times in the Bundesliga)
|Estimated value:||€2 million|