Gerd Müller: A legendary tale
Few football nicknames have gained such universal currency as 'Der Bomber', the moniker bestowed on Gerd Müller.
The first cornerstone of his reputation as one of Germany's greats was laid in 1969 when FC Bayern München became Bundesliga champions for the first time.
Between 1972 and 1974, Müller helped Bayern to an unprecedented three consecutive league triumphs, the latter of which inspired a trio of successive European Cups.
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Each and every campaign between 1966 and 1979, Müller was among the top three scorers in the Bundesliga, netting at least 20 goals in each season.
He is also the only player to be crowned the league's top scorer in three consecutive seasons (1971/72 to 1973/74).
To this day, no other player has come anywhere close to his one-season record of 40 goals from 1971/72.
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Müller was on target against South American side Cruzeiro Esporte Clube as Bayern lifted the FIFA World Club Cup trophy in 1976.
Müller netted the winning goal for West Germany against the legendary Dutch 'total football' masters in the final of the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
After the triumph of 1974, Müller, then aged just 28, announced his retirement from international football, bowing out having scored 68 goals in 62 matches for his country.
After five more fruitful years for Bayern, Müller swapped Munich for the United States in 1979, spending the next two years with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers before winding down his playing career for good with local amateur side Smith Brothers Lounge.