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Most Dangerous Football Forwards Ever

Mon 16 August 2021 | 19:29

Every football team has some dangerous players who are huge scoring threats in front of goal but it is quite difficult to break down which players are the most dangerous strikers on the planet. There may be a striker or two in every famous team but only some players make it to the list of the world-class strikers. Read on to find out more about the most dangerous football forwards ever.

A forward – or attacker – in football is judged on the basis of the number of goals he has scored, and their conversion rate, which you can get it by dividing the number of goals by the number of shots. These factors are what determine how dangerous an attacker in football is, as well as their consistency in staying in top-flight football.

The forwards play a key role and are considered a very important component of the squad. They are always the key to a team’s success, carrying a lot of responsibility since they not only have to beat the keeper but also dodge and dribble past the defenders.

There are some qualities forwards require, and besides, they are also the ones that have to face the most criticism when the team doesn’t succeed.

Most Dangerous Football Forwards Ever:

In this article, we have chosen some of the most dangerous football forwards ever, and have provided a brief overview of their career.

Some of these attackers are still active players and their stats may vary as the time goes by, but the other's careers have ended and their stats are unchangeable. However, these stats are accurate until 11 August, 2021. Read on to find more about

top 10 most dangerous forwards in the world

:

Robert Lewandowski

  • Full name: Robert Lewandowski

  • Date of birth: 21 August 1988 (age 33)

  • Place of birth: Warsaw, Poland

  • Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

The Polish striker has been one of the best players in the world during the last decade. Moreover, he is considered as one of the best strikers of all time, having scored more than 500 goals for his clubs and country.

Robert Lewandowski

left his country to join

Borussia Dortmund

in 2010, where he stayed for 4 years, won 2 successive Bundesliga titles, 1 German Cup (DFB-Pokal), and 1 German Super Cup, as well as winning the league's top scorer award in 2013/14 season.

He scored 103 goals and provided 42 assists within 187 appearances for Borussia Dortmund, until he made a move to Dortmund's eternal rival, Bayern Munich, in the summer of 2014. He has been playing for the Bavarians since then, having scored the amazing number of 294 goals in 329 matches for them by the end of 2020/21 season.

Moreover, he has recorded 65 assists within those matches. Lewa has helped his team achieve the Bundesliga title in each of his last 7 seasons, alongside 4 DFB-Pokal trophies and 4 German Super Cups, in addition to 1 FIFA Clubs Word Cup and 1 UEFA Super Cup.

Moreover, he was the key player in Bayern's winning the European Treble (Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, UEFA Champions League) in 2019/20 season, by being the top scorer in all of the mentioned tournaments- a feat only Johan Cruyff had achieved before (winning the European Treble while being the top scorer in all tournaments).

In 2020, Lewandowski won the Best FIFA Men's Player Award and the UEFA Men's Player of the Year Award. He has been named to the UEFA Team of the Year twice and the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season four times. Moreover, he is the third-highest goal scorer in the history of the competition with 73 goals within 96 appearances, after Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.

Furthermore, the Polish man has finished the Bundesliga as the top scorer on 6 occasions. He has recently won the European Golden Boot, having scored 41 League goals in 2020/21.

Moreover, he has been the DFB-Pokal top scorer 5 times, the UEFA Champions League top scorer once in 2019/20, 2018 World Cup qualification in Europe top scorer with 16 goals, EURO 2016 qualifiers top scorer with 13 goals, and the Polish League (Ekstraklasa) top scorer in 2009/10.

Regarded as one of the

most dangerous football forwards ever

, Robert Lewandowski is the second-highest goal scorer of all time in Bundesliga history with 277 goals in 350 games, behind only the legendary Gerd Muller who has scored 365 Bundesliga goals. Moreover, he scored 41 Bundesliga goals in 2020/21, breaking Gerd Muller's record of 40 goals in 1971/72.

On the international level, Lewa is his country's all-time top scorer, having scored 69 goals in 122 matches. Furthermore, Lewandowski has been named the Polish Player of the Year a record nine times.

Eusebio

  • Full name: Eusébio da Silva Ferreira

  • Date of birth: 25 January 1942

  • Place of birth: Lourenço Marques, Mozambique

  • Date of death: 5 January 2014 (aged 71)

  • Place of death: Lisbon, Portugal

  • Height: 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

Another striker on the list of

ranking the 10 most dangerous forwards in football

is Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, simply known as "Eusebio." The Mozambican-born Portuguese striker is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, and indeed one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, having scored 733 goals within 745 games throughout his career.

Moreover, he is SL Benfica's top scorer of all time with 473 goals within 440 appearances, and is considered the club's greatest player ever, having spent 15 years of his 22-year career with the Portuguese club. Eusebio is credited for being the first ever player to have won the European Golden Boot by winning it in 1968.

Eusebio repeated the feat in 1973 as well. Furthermore, he is the record holder of winning the Portuguese League's (Primeira Liga) top scorer award by achieving it on 7 occasions. In addition, he was the European Cup's top scorer in 1964/65, 1965/66, and 1967/68. Most importantly, He won the Ballon d'Or award for European footballer of the year in 1965 and was runner-up in 1962 and 1966.

Furthermore, regarded as one of the

most dangerous football forwards ever

, Eusebio has won the Primeira Liga title 11 times, achieved Taça de Portugal (the Portuguese Cup) on 4 occasions, and helped Benfica win the European Cup in 1961/62.

With him being the key player, Benfica reached 3 more European Cups' finals (1963, 1965, 1968), but failed to win any of them. With 48 goals, the Portuguese man is the 8th – highest goal scorer in the history of European Cup (currently known as the UEFA Champions League), and the second - highest in the pre-Champions League era behind Alfredo Di Stefano.

Moreover, the Portuguese man had been very shining with his national team as well, having scored 41 goals within 64 matches for the Selecao, and helping them stand 3rd in 1966 FIFA World Cup, where he was the tournament's top scorer with 9 goals and achieved the Bronze Ball of the competition. Sadly, this legend died 2014, aged 71.

He will be remembered as one of the greatest football players in history, and an important name on the list of top 10 most dangerous forwards in the world.

Romario

  • Full name: Romário de Souza Faria

  • Date of birth: 29 January 1966 (age 55)

  • Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Height: 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

The Brazilian former striker is widely regarded as not only one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, but also one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Statistics says he has scored more than 1000 goals (including unofficial matches) throughout his career, which is stunning in the world of football.

Romario

have played in a number of different clubs within his career, the most prominent of which are PSV Eindhoven, FC Barcelona, Flamengo, Valencia, and Vasco da Gama.

He developed his early career in Brazil, and moved to Europe in 1988 to play for the Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, where he stayed for 5 years, scored 165 goals in 167 games and won the League title on 3 occasions, as well as 3 Dutch Cups and 2 DUTCH Super Cup.

He joined

Barcelona

in 1993, and became a member of the late Johan Cruyff's "Dream Team", where he paired up with Hristo Stoichkov to form one of the most dangerous attacking duos of all time. Romario scored 39 goals in 65 matches for Blaugrana, and won the LaLiga in 1993/94, as well as being the league's top scorer in that season.

During the second half of his career Romário played for clubs within the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. He helped Vaso da Gama win the Brazilian League in 2000.

Furthermore, regarded as one of the players in ranking the 10 most dangerous forwards in football, the prolific goal scorer has been the top scorer of the following tournaments: the Brazilian Serie A (3 times), Spanish LaLiga (1 time), UEFA Champions League (2 times), the Netherland's Eredivisie (3 times), the Dutch Cup (2 times), European Champions' Clubs Cup (1 time), and 1988 Olympics Games.

In addition, regarded as one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, Romario has had an exhilarating career on international level.

He has achieved 2 Copa America title (1989, 1997), 1 FIFA Confederations Cup (1997), where he won the Golden Shoe and the Silver Ball, and most remarkably, the 1994 FIFA World Cup, where he has named the best player of the tournament and won the Golden Ball, as well as the Bronze Boot as the competition's 3rd-top goal scorer.

Having scored 55 goals within 70 appearances for

Brazilian national team

, Romario is the national team's 4th –highest goal scorer of all time. In addition, he is the 3rd-highest goal scorer in the history of the Brazilian League with 155 goals.

Moreover, he was named FIFA World Player of the Year in 1994. He is deservedly one of the top 10 most dangerous forwards in the world, with regard to the amazing statistic he has left as his legacy in football.

Thierry Henry

  • Full name: Thierry Daniel Henry

  • Date of birth: 17 August 1977 (age 44)

  • Place of birth: Les Ulis, France

  • Height: 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

The French striker is commonly known as one of the greatest and most dangerous football forwards of all time, and perhaps the best player in Arsenal's history. He has scored a total of 411 goals for his clubs and country.

Moreover,

Thierry Henry

is Arsenal's top scorer of all time with 228 goals in 376 appearances. He has also recorded 105 assists with the Gunners' shirt. Henry is also his national team's top scorer of all time with the 51 goals he has score within 123 appearances for France national team.

Besides, the French man has been crowned the Premier League's top scorer a record 4 times. Henry was the runner-up to FIFA World Player of the Year in 2003 and 2004, and was the runner-up to Ballon d'Or in 2004.

Thierry Henry made his professional debut at

Monaco

, and after a quick spell at Juventus, made a move to Arsenal in 1999. That was where he rewrote history. He helped the club win the Premier League title twice (2002, 2004), secure the English FA Cup on 3 occasions, and achieve 2 English Super Cups.

The Gunners won the 2003/4 Premier League season without losing a single match, earning the nickname The Invincibles. Henry joined FC Barcelona in 2007 and stayed at Camp Nou for 3 seasons. He was a pivotal part of the team that won the European Treble in 2009, and a total of 6 titles that year. Henry scored 49 goals and provided 27 assists within 121 appearances for Blaugrana.

Henry moved to the U.S.A. Major League Soccer (MLS) club New York Red Bulls in 2010, but returned to

Arsenal

on loan for two months in 2012, before retiring in 2014.

Additionally, Henry has had a luminous career with France national team as well. He is the country's national team's leading goal scorer with 51 goals, and has won the 1998 World Cup, EURO 2000, and 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup with Les Blues.

He was named in EURO 2000 Team of the tournament, and won both the Golden Ball and Golden Shoe of 2003 Confederations Cup as the player of the tournament and its top scorer. Moreover, he was included in 2006 World Cup's All-Star team.

Furthermore, Henry has been named the French Player of the Year on 5 occasions which is a record. He was also voted the PFA Players' Player of the Year twice, the FWA Footballer of the Year three times, and was named in the PFA Team of the Year six consecutive times.

He was also included in the FIFA FIFPro World XI once and the UEFA Team of the Year five times. He is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous football forwards ever.

Ronaldo Nazario

  • Full name: Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima

  • Date of birth: 18 September 1976 (age 45)

  • Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Height: 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

Not only is

Ronaldo

considered as one of the

most dangerous football forwards ever

, but he is also widely known as one of the greatest players of all time. Ronaldo came into prominence at a very young age and became the youngest player to have won the FIFA Best player of the year award by winning it in 1996 at the age of only 20.

The genius striker went on to win 2 more FIFA Player of the Year awards, as well as two Ballon d'Ors. Moreover, having won his first Ballon d'Or at the age of 21 in 1997, he is also the youngest player to have won this award as well.

He made his professional debut playing for Cruzeiro at his coutry, and went on to play for PSV Eindhoven, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, AC Milan and Corinthians. He scored 54 goals within 57 appearances for

PSV Eindhoven

before reaching the age of 20.

His performance caught Barcelona authorities eyes and they signed him for a then world record transfer fee of €15.00m. R9 stayed at Camp Nou for only 1 season, and within his only season Ronaldo became La Liga's top scorer with 34 goals, as well as winning the Spanish Cup, the Spanish Super Cup, and the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup.

He scored a total of 47 goals within 49 goals for Blaugrana and achieved the 1997 Ballon d'Or as well as the FIFA Player of the Year award. The Brazilian moved to Inter in the summer of 1997, breaking the record of transfer fee one more time with €26.50m, and stayed at Italy for 5 years, however after a series of knee injuries and recuperation he was inactive for almost three years.

He made 99 appearances for Inter, scoring 59 goals. Ronaldo had scored more than 200 goals by the age of 23, before a series of knee injuries began to stand in his way to do even more unrepeatable things.

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2002, where he stayed for 4 and a half seasons, scoring 103 goals within 177 appearances for the Los Blancos. He had spells at A.C. Milan and Corinthians before retiring in 2011 having suffered further injuries.

Regarded as one of the players on every list of

5 of the most dangerous players in football history

, Ronaldo claimed a Brazilian Cup in 1993 before moving to Europe.

Later, the Brazilian genius won a Dutch Cup with PSV before joining Barcelona and helping them secure one UEFA Cups Winners' cup, 1 Spanish Cup and 1 Spanish Super cup and becoming the La Liga's best scorer of the season within only one year.

The gifted striker went on to win a UEFA Cup with

Inter Milan

. Moreover, he managed to win 2 La Liga titles, 1 Spanish Super Cup 1 Intercontinental cup and 1 UEFA Super Cup with Real Madrid, as well as a further UEFA Super Cup with AC Milan and another Brazilian cup with Corinthians in 2009.

 Despite his luminous career on club level, many would remember Ronaldo's professional career by his national team's performances and achievements. R9 has scored 62 goals within 98 appearances for the Selecao.

Furthermore, he has won 2 World Cups in 1994 and 2002, having finished the latter as the top scorer of the tournament with 8 goals, and receiving the competition's Golden Ball as the best player of the tournament. Furthermore, he was the youngest player in the 1994 Brazil squad being only 17 years old.

Moreover, Ronaldo has won 2 Copa America trophies with Brazil in 1997 and 1999. He was named the player of the tournament in 1997 and the top scorer in 1999.

Being considered as one of the best forwards of all time, he was an exceptional player in the world of football. It is a pity that the injuries did not allow him to fulfill his tremendous potential. However, what he has done already is more than amazing.

Ferenc Puskas

  • Birth name: Ferenc Purczeld

  • Date of birth: 1 April 1927

  • Place of birth: Budapest, Hungary

  • Date of death: 17 November 2006 (aged 79)

  • Place of death: Budapest, Hungary

  • Height: 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)

  • Position(s): Forward

The Hungarian legend is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, and is credited for being the sport's first international super star. He has scored the amazing number of 84 goals within 85 appearances for the Hungarian national team, and has scored 514 goals in 529 matches in the Hungarian and Spanish leagues.

Moreover, Puskas is an Olympics gold medalist, leading his country to win the 1952 Olympic Games. He also halped his national team reach the final match of 1954 World Cup, but they lost it to Germany national team.

He played for Budapest Honvéd in his country, where he won 5 Hungarian League titles, and was crowned the League's top scorer on 4 occasions. He made a move to Spain to play for Real Madrid in 1958.

Puskas won 5 La Liga titles with the Whites of Madrid, and was the league's top scorer 4 times. Most remarkably, Puskas achieved 3 European Cups with Real Madrid.

He was present in 2 of the European Cups' finals and has scored 7 goals within those 2 matches.  Furthermore, Puskas helped

Real Madrid

won 1 Spanish Cup as well as an Intercontinental Cup.

Moreover, in 1995, he was recognized as the greatest top division scorer of the 20th century by the IFFHS (International Federation of Football History & Statistics). Having scored 808 goals in 794 official appearances scored during his career, he is said to be the third top goal scorer of all time- a record which seems to be broken in near future by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Puskas played in 4 matches for Spain national team, which is a surprising point in his career. The legend will forever be revered by football fans as one of the greatest players that have ever existed, and one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, indeed.

Pele

  • Birth name: Edson Arantes do Nascimento

  • Date of birth: 23 October 1940 (age 81)

  • Place of birth: Três Corações, Minas Gerais, Brazil

  • Height: 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

  • Position(s): Forward, Attacking midfielder

Considered as one of the greatest players of all time,

Pele

has been known to be one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, having scored more than 1000 goals throughout his career (including unofficial games).

He is a Guinness World Record holder for scoring the most number of goals: 1,283 goals within 1,363 games – including friendlies.  He was named Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee in 1999, and he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics in 2000.

The Brazilian idol started playing for the club Santos at the age of only 15, and he scored four goals on his league debut in a match against FC Corinthians on September 7, 1956. Moreover, he made his debut for Brazilian national team while being 16.

He is currently both Santo's and Brazil national team's all-time leading goal scorer, by scoring 643 goals in 659 games for his club, and 77 goals within 92 matches for Brazil. However, the latter will most likely be broken by

Neymar

.

Moreover, Pele is the only player in the history of football to have won the FIFA World Cup 3 times (1958, 1962, and 1970). In 1958, at 17, Pele became the youngest ever winner of a World Cup. He also scored twice in the final against home side Sweden.

At the club level, Pele led Santos to win 2 Copa Libertadores trophies in 1962 and 1963, as well as 2 Intercontinental Cups in the same years. His elegant style of play, alongside his ability in scoring beautiful and abundant goals has made him one of the eternal symbols of this game.

He had an expertise in shooting the ball with his both feet. Moreover, he had an excellent vision which enabled him to provide numerous assists for his teammates, and his dribbling skills made it easy for him to get past his opponents, and with all the things mentioned, Pele is not only one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, but he is also one of the most complete players in history.

In his country, he is hailed as a national hero for his accomplishments in football and also for his outspoken support of policies that improve the social conditions of the poor.

Lionel Messi

  • Full name: Lionel Andrés Messi

  • Date of birth: 24 June 1987 (age 34)

  • Place of birth: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina

  • Height: 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)

  • Position(s): Forward

Lionel Messi

, dubbed "The G.O.A.T" (the greatest of all time), is regarded as one of the most dangerous football forwards indeed. The Argentinean legend has won the most Ballon d'Ors in the history of football (6), and he will most likely have made it 7 by the end of 2021.

Leo had spent the entirety of his career at the club in which he had grown up, Barcelona, before joining

Paris Saint-Germain

in the summer of 2021 due to some financial problems FC Barcelona was having. Lionel Messi has scored 672 goals within 778 appearances for Blaugrana, in addition to providing 305 assists.

He is the club's highest goal scorer of all time, and is the player with the most appearances for Barcelona. Moreover, he is the club's top assists provider as well. In addition to that, Lionel Messi is also LaLiga's leading goal scorer of all time with 474 goals within 520 matches. He is also the league's top assists provider with 217 assists.

Leo Messi has achieved the European Golden boot a record 6 times, and he has won the Pichichi award (LaLiga's top scorer of the season) on 8 occasions- which is another record. Moreover, the genius has crowned the UEFA Champions League top scorer 6 times, only fewer than CR7 with 7 times.

Messi has scored a total of 120 goals in 149 Champions League appearances, and is the competition's second highest goal scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo. Furthermore, he has won 3 UEFA Best Player in the Europe awards. Messi has also been Copa del Rey's top scorer on 5 occasions.

Messi has been extraordinary on international levels, too. He is his country's leading goal scorer of all time with 76 goals in 151 appearances. He led his country to the triumph of 2021 Copa America after almost 3 decades of the drought of achievements for Argentina. He was the tournament's top scorer, top assist provider, and was voted the best Player of the competition.

Furthermore, the Argentinean legend has won 10 LaLiga titles, 7 Spanish Cups, 4 UEFA Champions Leagues, 8 Spanish Super Cups, 3 FIFA Clubs World Cups, and 3 UEFA Super Cups with FC Barcelona.

He is the second-most decorated player in the history of football behind his former teammate Dani Alves, and he hopes to reach the first place in the upcoming years by winning trophies with his new club, Paris Saint-Germain. Considering his statistics of the number of goals he has scorer alongside his assists, Lionel Messi is not only one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, but he is also one of the most creative ones.

Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Full name: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

  • Date of birth: 5 February 1985 (age 36)

  • Place of birth: Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

  • Height: 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)

  • Position(s): Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo

is unquestionably one of the greatest players the earth has seen throughout history. Having scored nearly 800 goals for his club and country, alongside winning numerous individual and team trophies clearly show how majestic his career has been.

Ronaldo has won the European Golden Boot on 4 occasions, finished the UEFA Champions League as the top scorer a record 7 times, won the LaLiga top scorer award 3 times, Serie A top scorer once, Premier League top scorer once, and has been the EURO 2020's top scorer most recently.

Moreover, Ronaldo has won 5 Ballon d'Ors in his career - only fewer than Lionel Messi - and has been named UEFA Best Player in Europe on 3 occasions. He has also won 2 FIFA Best Men's Player of the year awards.

CR7 started his professional career at Sporting CP. Having shown potential to be something special, Manchester United hunted him in the summer of 2003. Ronaldo grew at Old Trafford, scoring 118 goals and providing 69 assists within 292 appearances for the Red Devils. Ronaldo won the 2008 Ballon d'Or while being a Man United player. The Portuguese man won 3 Premier League titles, 1 UEFA Champions League, 1 English FA Cup, 2 English League Cups, 1 FIFA Clubs World Cup and 2 English Super Cups throughout his spell at England.

Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 for a then record-breaking fee of €94.00m. In Madrid, Ronaldo grew to become one of the greatest legends in the history of football. He scored 450 goals in 438 games for Real Madrid, averaging more than 1 goal per match!

He has also provided 132 assists while playing fort Real Madrid. The goal – scoring machine stayed at Bernabeu for 9 seasons, helping them to the conquest of 2 LaLiga tiles, 2 Spanish Cups, 4 UEFA Champions Leagues, 2 Spanish Super Cups, 4 FIFA Clubs World Cups, and 3 UEFA Super Cups. He achieved lots of individual awards while his spell at Madrid, and we mentioned them in the beginning of this part.

He decided to make a move to Italy in 2018 to play for

Juventus

. He has been playing for I Bianconeri ever since. He has featured in 133 games for them, and has scored 101 goals. CR7 has also recorded 22 assists for Juventus. He was Serie A's top scorer in 2020/21 season with 29 goals.

Moreover, CR7 has won 2 Serie A titles, 1 Italian Cup, and 2 Italian Super Cups so far with Juventus. He is indubitably one of the most dangerous football forwards ever, and one of the most prolific goal scorers in the history of football.

Gerd Muller

  • Full name: Gerhard Müller

  • Date of birth: 3 November 1945 (age 76)

  • Place of birth: Nördlingen, Germany

  • Date of death: 15 August 2021 (aged 75)

  • Height: 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in)

  • Position(s): Striker

The German striker is one of the greatest goal scorers of all time, and one of the most dangerous football forwards ever. He is both FC Bayern's and Bundesliga's top scorer of all time: He has scored 365 Bundesliga goals in 427 games, more than any other player.

Moreover, with 566 goals, the German legend is Bayern Munich's leading goal scorer in history. Furthermore, he has been the league's top scorer on no less than 7 occasions: 1967, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1978.

Having been nicknamed "the Nation's Bomber", Muller has scored 68 goals within only 62 appearances for West Germany. Among the top international goal scorers, he has the third-highest goal-to-game ratio.

"Der Bomber" won the 1970 Ballon d'Or as the European Footballer of the Year. He had been the 1970 World Cup's top scorer with 10 goals, and had spent a wonderful season with Bayern Munich.

Muller achieved the European Golden Shoe twice in 1970 and 1972, and has been named the German Footballer of the Year twice (1967, 1969). Moreover, he was UEFA EURO 1972 top scorer, a tournament which was won by West Germany. He has also been the European Cup's top scorer on 4 occasions and the DFB-Pokal top scorer 3 times.

Regarded as one of the most definite items if the list of 5 of the most dangerous players in football history,

Gerd Muller

has also had a bright career on team level: He spent 15 years (1964 to 1979) with the Bavarians, and helped them to the conquest of 4 Bundesliga titles, 4 DFB-Pokal trophies, 3 European Cups, 1 European Cup Winners' Cup, and 1 Intercontinental Cup.

Moreover, as mentioned, in 607 competitive appearances for Bayern he scored 566 goals - a record that remains unparalleled worldwide today.

Furthermore, The Bomber had an outstanding career with West Germany national team: He was a key player in winning the UEFA European Championship in 1972, where he won the tournament's Golden Boot as the top scorer with 4 goals – including 2 in the final match against Soviet Union.

Moreover, he achieved 1974 FIFA World Cup with his national team, scoring 4 goals throughout the tournament including the winning goal in the final match against the Netherlands. Besides, Gerd Muller scored 10 goals in 1970 World Cup, leading his country to stand 3rd.

He won the Golden Boot of the tournament, was awarded the Bronze Ball, and was named in the competition's all-star team. With 14 goals, Muller is the 3rd-highest goal scorer in the history of FIFA World Cup behind Miroslave Klose (16) and Ronaldo Nazario (15).

Gerd Müller left Munich in 1979 and played a final season with Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the USA before bringing down the curtain on his stunning career. He will forever be admired by football fans all over the world as one of the greatest attackers the earth has seen upon itself.

In addition, Müller was ranked 9th in the European player of the Century election which was held by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS) in 1999, and he was voted 13th in the IFFHS' World Player of the Century election.

The legendary German forward who scored a remarkable 566 goals in 607 competitive appearances for Bayern Munich, died on Sunday at the age of 75.

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