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Alzheimer’s claims Munich soccer legend Gert Muller

Gerd Müller (left) leads Bayern München in a victory lap after claiming the 1974 European Champion Clubs' Cup. Photo: Getty
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The soccer world is mourning the death of Germany’s World Cup winner and European champion Gerd Muller, who died Sunday at the age of 75.

Muller scored the winning goal in West Germany’s 2-1 World Cup final win over the Netherlands in 1974, two years after he was part of the European Championship winning team.

He won three European Cups with Bayern Munich in addition to a Cup Winners’ Cup, four Bundesligas and four Germany Cups.

Mueller remains the Bundesliga record scorer with 365 goals in 427 games.

Known as the “Bomber of the nation,” Mueller turned 75 last November but was already long battling Alzheimer’s disease and lived in a nursing home.

His former club Bayern Munich paid tribute via social media.

A statement read: “Today the world of FC Bayern stands still.

“The German record champions and his entire fan base mourn Gerd Mueller, who died early Sunday morning at the age of 75.”

-AAP