Former Bayern Munich and Germany striker Gerd Mueller has died at the age of 75.
Naija News understands that Mueller had been suffering from Alzheimer’s for several years and was being cared for in a nursing home in Bavaria.
‘He eats almost nothing because he can hardly swallow food, lies in bed for almost 24 hours and has only a few waking moments,’ Mueller’s wife, Uschi, said in an interview in November.
‘It’s really beautiful when he’s awake sometimes because he manages to say yes or no with the blinking of his eyes. We have to give him only pureed food.
‘I’ve lost beautiful, valuable years. I’m doing it for Gerd. Because he was such a good human being. Funny and humorous. And has done so much for me. I feel the need to accompany him.’
Mueller is widely regarded as one of Germany’s greatest-ever strikers as he helped his nation win the World Cup in 1974 and the European Championship in 1972.
He scored 68 goals in 62 appearances for West Germany and finished as the top scorer in the 1972 European Championship and the 1970 World Cup.
For Bayern, Mueller scored 566 goals in 607 appearances and helped the club win four Bundesliga titles and three European Cups.
He still holds the record for the most goals scored in the Bundesliga with 365.
Mueller also remains by far Bayern’s top scorer in the club’s history.