Legendary German striker Gerd Müller has passed away today, at the age of 75.

Müller is one of the best strikers to ever play the game of football. He was an absolute goal machine, and is one of the greatest players of all time. His football career is littered with goals, having scored an astounding 735 goals in 793 games. It remains the highest goal per game ratio for all players with over 500 goals.

Müller was born in Bavaria in 1945. At the age of 18, he signed for then-second division side Bayern Munich. What followed was unparalleled greatness, as he established himself as the best in the business. In almost 15 years playing for Bayern, he won four Bundesliga titles, four DFB Pokal titles and three Champions League titles in a row.

He scored a staggering 567 goals for the German team, even helping them get promoted. In 1972, he scored 85 goals in a calendar year, a record that stood till 2012, when it was broken by Lionel Messi. He was also a legend on the international stage, scoring 68 goals in 62 games. He won the Euros of 1972 and the World Cup in 1972.

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Nicknamed, “The Bomber of the Nation”, Müller was exactly that. He was the most lethal striker the game has ever seen. Tributes poured in from all over the world after the news of his death.

In a statement, Bayern president Herbert Hainer said, “Today is a sad, dark day for FC Bayern and all its fans. Gerd Müller was the greatest striker there’s ever been, and a fine person and character of world football.

“We’re all united in deep mourning with his wife Uschi, as well as his family. FC Bayern wouldn’t be the club we all love today without Gerd Müller. His name and memory will live on forever.”

We at sportitnow.com are deeply saddened by the news, and offer our condolences to his family. As for Müller, we salute him for his greatness, as well as his influence in the beautiful game.

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