Gerd Müller (born November 3, 1945, Nördlingen, Germany—died August 15, 2021) was a German professional football (soccer) player. He was one of the greatest goal scorers of all time. He netted 68 goals in 62 career international matches, a remarkable 1.1 goals per contest. Müller was named European Footballer of the Year in 1970—he was the first German to win that award—and was a two-time West German Footballer of the Year (1967 and 1969).

In 1966 Müller had made his debut for the West German national team, with whom he had his greatest successes. He netted 10 goals in the final rounds of the 1970 World Cup, leading all scorers in the competition, as West Germany captured third place. Müller’s four goals were the high tally of the 1972 European Championship, which West Germany won. In the 1974 World Cup final, he scored the deciding goal in West Germany’s 2–1 win over the Netherlands. Having captured a World Cup title, he abruptly retired from international competition at age 28.

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