Bayern is undoubtedly the biggest German football team and one of the world's bests. In 120 years of Bayern's marvelous history many great players and football legends served the Bavarians. Let's have a look at the best Bayern Munich forwards of all time.
Bayern's policy in transfer in obviously against spending so much money on expensive players but it doesn't mean that they don't get top players. In fact, they usually gather the best players in the world (mainly from German clubs) to their squad at reasonable cost. In 2020,Robert Lewandowski
was probably the best player ofBundesliga
and the world, who joinedBayern Munich
on a free contract. Football may not have another player like Gerd Müller ever again.
Best Bayern Munich forwards of all time
are somehow the top players in the football history.
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Best Bayern Munich Players of All Time
Most of the Bayern's stars were also Germany national team players, but there are a few foreigners on our list too.
Roland Wohlfarth stated his football career at BV Borussia Bocholt. Borussia Bocholt is the club from Roland Wohlfarth's hometown. The club was founded in 1960, so it is just three years older than Wohlfarth. In 1981 he joined his first senior football club,MSV Duisburg
. At the time MSV Duisburg was competing in 1. Bundesliga.
Wohlfarth appeared in 17 matches and scored one goal in Bundesliga and two caps inDFB-Pokal
where he also scored one goal in his first season. They finished 18th at the end of the season and relegated to 2.Bundesliga. Wohlfarth spent two seasons in2. Bundesliga
with Duisburg. The second season was Wohlfarth's breakthrough. He scored 30 goals in 35 matches and became 2. Bundesliga.
Despite Duisburg failed to get a 1. Bundesliga promotion, Roland Wohlfarth jumped to the top of German football by joining Bayern Munich. In 1984–85 Wohlfarth had 42 caps for Bayern and scored 19 goals in all competitions and won the Bundesliga title. The next two seasons also ended with Bayern's championship in Bundesliga. In 1985–86 DFB-Pokal final Roland Wohlfarth scored a hat trick that gained another trophy for Bayern.
As one of the
best ever Bayern Munich forwards
, He registered as Bundesliga top scorer and helped Bayern to be champion again in 1988. Roland Wohlfarth is the only Bundesliga top scorer from Bayern in the 90's. He scored 21 goals in 1990–91 season but Bayern didn't win the league title. He is truly one of the all-time best Bayern Munich forwards.
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Bayern Munich Top Scorers of All Time
Claudio Pizarro is probably the most prominent Peruvian footballer ever and one of the
best Bayern Munich forwards ever
. Before moving to Europe and playing for big clubs such as Bayern Munich,Werder Bremen
, he played for Peruvian clubs Deportivo Pesquero Chimbote and ClubAlianza Lima
. In 1999 he joined Werder Bremen at the age of 20. In two seasons he caped in 76 matches and scored 38 and represented himself as a promising talent. Among many big European clubs eager to sign him in, Claudio Pizarro chose Bayern.
It took only four minutes in his debut to score for Bayern in the match againstSchalke 04.
Although the first season in Bayern ended without major trophies but he was already a key player for Bayern. In following seasons Pizarro helped Bayern to win the both Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. After one year gap, Bayern did the Double, two times in a row in 2004–05 and 2005–06.
In 2007 after six years Pizarro left Bayern and joined Chelsea. He didn't find a way to be a key player in Premier League and after one season returned to Bundesliga. In Werder Bremen he felt like home and his magnificent performances convinced the German club to keep him. In 2012 Pizarro once again joined Bayern and repeated two back to back Doubles.
There is a difference though because in 2012–13 they won the UEFA Champions League too and became the first German team to achieve a Treble. Pizarro celebrated his last season with Bayern with another Bundesliga championship and went back to Bremen. Claudio Pizarro is the second of the best forwards in Bayern Munich history who isn’t a German, next to Robert Lewandowski.
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Best Bayern Munich Defenders of all time
was the first team Élber joined when he was 18 years old but the Italian giant underestimated his talent and he didn't play a single match in Italy. Élber left Milan and joinedGrasshopper
on a loan contract where they give him more chance to play. Grasshopper's trust in Élber payed off and he scored 55 goals in three seasons of Switzerland league and won Swiss Cup in 1994. Bundesliga teamVfB Stuttgart
brought the Brazilian striker to Bundesliga after his notable performance in Grasshopper.
His career in VfB Stuttgart was pretty much the same as the Grasshopper. Three seasons with 41 goals and winning the DFB-Pokal confirmed his reputation as a promising forward. Bayern was his next destination but Bayern saved him for more than three years. Élber stayed in Bayern for seven seasons and he became one of the
Bayern Munich best forwards ever
With his Brazilian skills Bayern managed to win 13 titles in that seven years, including two Doubles in 1999–2000 and 2002–03 and UEFA Champions League in 2000–01. In 2002–03 Élber was the top scorer in Bundesliga. One of the best performances he had was in 2000–01 Champions League where he scored in both legs of the semi finals againstReal Madrid
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Ohlhauser joined Bayern Munich in 1961, when he was 20 years old and in his presence in the club for almost a decade, he became one of the
best Bayern Munich forwards of all time
. Before Bayern, he began his career inSV Sandhausen
and made appearances for three years. After joining Bayern, he had enormous success and in almost 300 appearances, Ohlhauser scored 186 goals. He got three DFB-Pokal titles and a Bundesliga championship with the club, and in the following season they finished as runner-up. Also, in 1967 he won an UEFA Winners' Cup.
In 1970, after ten years of success with Bayern Munich he signed forGrasshopper
Club of Switzerland and switched his position on the pitch to midfielder. In five years, he played 125 games and scored 36 goals. In 1976, he retired from being one of the best ever Bayern Munich forwards and became the manager ofFC Winterthur
between 1982 and 1983.
Dieter is the younger brother of the Uli Hoeneß and they both are two of the
all-time best Bayern Munich strikers
and the club’s legends. Dieter joined Bayern exactly the same year that Uli left the team. There always should be a Hoeneß in the Bayern. Unlike his older brother, Dieter didn't start his career at the top of German football. He helpedVfB Stuttgart
rise from the ashes and get promotion to Bundesliga.
In 1978–79 Dieter scored 16 goals in Bundesliga and VfB Stuttgart finished the season in second place and above Bayern. His 188cm height was a big help in aerial duels and he scored many header goals during his career. In 1979 he joined Bayern and in the very first season they won the Bundesliga.
Dieter Hoeneß spent eight years as Bayern player and as one of the best Bayern Munich forwards of all time, he won eight major trophies with the team. But in continental competitions he had bad luck at the finals. In the European Cup he played in the 1981–82 and 1986–87 finals but Bayern lost both toAston Villa
In the 1986FIFA World Cup
Final he came to the game as a substitute for West Germany whileArgentina
was leading with two goals. He helped German to equalize the game in the last fifteen minutes. But Argentina with Diego Maradona was unstoppable and another runner up medal was added to Dieter Hoeneß honors.
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Uli Hoeneß is the architect of the most glorious era of Bayern Munich since 2009 that he became the president of the club. Back then as a player he did a great job too and became one of the
best Bayern Munich forwards of all time
. In 1970, Uli Hoeneß made his debut for Bayern and during the season he appeared in 44 matches and scored seven goals in all competitions.
His scoring rate increased season by season until 1973–74 that was his best performance in Bavarian team. In that season Hoeneß scored 18 goals in Bundesliga and helped Bayern to complete its third consecutive German league championship. It was the dream season for Uli Hoeneß, because Bayern won the European Cup that season. Hoeneß scored five goals in the European Cup and was Bayern's best forward next to legendary Gerd Müller.
His great year didn't finish there and in summer he won the FIFA World Cup with West Germany. It wasn't the first time Hoeneß experience glory in the national team. In 1972 West Germany won the UEFA European Championship and as one of the Bayern Munich best forwards ever, Uli Hoeneß was included in the UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament. After the dream season Bayern failed in the Bundesliga race but they continued dominating European football, but this time in the European Cup. Bayern won the title three times in a row and Hoeneß was a key player in one of the most successful teams in football history.
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Muller is one of the
best forwards in Bayern Munich history
, who sometimes plays as a midfielder. He has been deployed in a variety of attacking roles like attacking midfielder, second striker, center forward and on either wing. Although he lacks physical strength,Muller
has been praised for his technique, awareness, tactical intelligence, and positioning.
During his time in the club since 2008, ha scored 124 goals in 365 games. He is a product of Bayern’s youth system and won a treble in the 2012–13 season. He broke the Bundesliga’s record for assists by providing 21 in a season, a record in the top five leagues jointly held withMessi
in La Liga, and scored 14 goals in the treble of 2019–20 season.
Since he played for the first team of the club, they have won nine Bundesliga championships, six DFB-Pokals, and two champions league titles. In 2010 world cup, he won FIFA’s golden boot, best young player, and world soccer young player of the year awards, and in Bundesliga he got the newcomer of the season title. Also, in 2014, he won FIFA’s silver boot, silver ball, all-star team, and the dream team cups.
He recorded his 20th assist of the Bundesliga season in an away match againstBayer Leverkusen
on matchday 30, breaking the record for most assists in a season, previously held byKevin De Bruyne
. He provided another assist in an away match againstWolfsburg
on matchday 34, to finish off the season with a record of 21 assists.
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Lewandowski, the current captain of Poland's national team is one of the
best Bayern Munich forwards of all time
and the world. Before Bayern, Lewandowski was already the top goal scorer in Borussia Dortmund and won two consecutive Bundesliga titles.
In four Bundesliga seasons, he scored 74 goals in 131 appearances forDortmund
. But in the 2014–15 season, he joined Bayern on a free transfer. Since then, he has won every Bundesliga championship. In 202 games, he managed to score 179 for the club. He is one of the two players to achieve the European treble while being the top scorer in all three competitions.
As a number nine-player, he has all the qualities and skills a striker should have. His height, speed, balance, strength, and intelligent movements made him one of the best of Bayern Munich strikers ever. In five years, he won the top scorer award both in Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal. Just in the 2019–20 season, he has won The Best FIFA Men's Player, UEFA Men's Player of the Year, UEFA Champions League Forward of the Season, World Soccer Player of the Year, Tuttosport Golden Player, Footballer of the Year in Germany, VDV Bundesliga Player of the Season, and…. In 2019–20 champions league, with 15 goals and six assists, Lewandowski won the UEFA Champions League top scorer and top assist provider titles.
Rummenigge is a German executive who once was one of the best Bayern Munich forwards of all time. He began his career in a club calledBorussia Lippstadt
from 1963 to 1974. Then he was transferred to Bayern for a fee of €10,000. In 10 years in the club, he appeared in 310 games and scored 162 goals just in Bundesliga. At first, his scoring qualities were insignificant, but he had great improvements later, especially when coach Pal Csernai arrived in 1979. He also had great speed and dribbling skills.
With the club, he won two Bundesliga championships and two DFB-Pokal. He got the European Cup for two consecutive years and an International cup in 1976. Among his numerous individual awards, Rummenigge managed to be in the Kicker Bundesliga team of the season for nine consecutive years. As one of the best Bayern Munich forwards of all time, he was titled Bundesliga top goal scorer three times and got the Goal of the year award two times and a footballer of the year in Germany. Also, in 1980 and 81 he won the Ballon d’Or and Onze d’Or. In the championship 80–81 season, he was the top goal scorer.
In 1984 he ended his career in Bayern and joined Inter Milan for a fee of €5.7 million. In 1991, Bayern invited Rummenigge and Franz Beckenbauer to return as vice presidents. Rummenigge was a V.P. until 2002 when he was appointed as the chairman of the executive board of the new football department of the club, FC Bayern Munchen AG.
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Gerd Müller is the best of the best Bayern Munich forwards of all time and is regarded one of the best players and goal scorers of all time. He joined Bayern Munich in 1964 and teamed up with the future Bayern star Franz Beckenbauer and Sepp Maier. Back then Bayern still was in Regionalliga Süd which was one level below Bundesliga.
After one season in the club, they made to Bundesliga and began a long string of successes. In his 15 years playing for Bayern, Müller scored 398 goals in 453 appearances. He was short and not notably fast, but he had an uncanny goalscoring instinct. His short legs gave him perfect balance in spaces and he could rely on short bursts of speed. For seven years, he got the Bundesliga top scorer title and won two European golden shoe awards.
In 1972, he was the UEFA European Championship Top Scorer and got into the UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament. Also, in four years he won European Cup Top Scorer, which in three of them Bayern won the European cup. He is now on the IFFHS Legends list and the Bayern Munich All-time XI.
As one of the best Bayern Munich forwards of all time, he got the 2007 golden foot title. On the international level, averaging more than a goal a game with West Germany, Müller is now 19th on the list of all time international goal scorers, despite playing fewer matches than every other player in the top 48. Among the top scorers, he has the third highest goal to game ratio.