Greatest Footballers Of All Time | Top 50 List

17. Gerd Muller

All he did was score goals. Muller wasn’t particularly quick or physically imposing, nor was he the best technician the game has ever seen, but he was blessed with one of those uncoachable talents – instinct.  He scored an astonishing 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga matches, including 40 in 1971/72. He followed that prolific season by notching an incredible 67 goals in 49 games in all competitions the next. He won four Bundesliga titles and found the net in two of the three European Cup finals Bayern won between 1974 and 1976.

He was even more deadly at the international level, winning the European Championship in 1972 and the World Cup two years later. When he retired from the national team in 1974, he’d scored 68 goals in 62 matches.

Career highlight: Holland clearly deserved to lift the 1974 World Cup, but Muller was the man who scored the only goal from open play in the final to win it for West Germany.

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