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Gerd Müller is Germany's greatest World Cup hero

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He’s the Bundesliga’s all-time top scorer with 365 goals, netted 68 times in just 64 matches for Germany and scored the winner in the 1974 World Cup final against the Netherlands. Without a doubt, Gerd Müller is a footballing legend and according to a survey remains the greatest of all time for Germans.

In a national survey of over 1,000 football fans by marketing company Respondi for the publisher DIE WERKSTATT, 17 per cent said that Der Bomber remained the country’s greatest World Cup hero. Second place went to the World Cup’s all-time top scorer Miroslav Klose (13.5%) and third was Franz Beckenbauer (13%).

Müller also comes out near the top when for Germany’s most important World Cup goal. His winner in the 1974 final came third, while his acrobatic scissor-kick in extra-time of the 3-2 win over England in the 1970 quarter-final was voted fourth. For the fans, the greatest German World Cup goal came 64 years ago when Helmut Rahn completed the so-called “Miracle of Bern” in the 1954 final. That strike claimed 36 per cent of the vote and finished ahead of Mario Götze’s winner against Argentina in 2014.

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