Digital book of condolence for Gerd Müller - nearly 33,000 emotional entries
The response has been magnificent - and worthy of Gerd Müller's memory: over 32,745 fans from 132 different countries have so far taken the opportunity to say farewell to the "Bomber of the Nation " via FC Bayern's digital book of condolence. This is clear evidence of how much Gerd Müller meant to the supporters as a goalscorer and a character - and that he will live on forever in the hearts of football lovers. Those who wish to do so now have until 19 September to leave a message (HERE) too.
After Gerd Müller's long-time companions Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeneß, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, FC Bayern president Herbert Hainer, CEO Oliver Kahn and board member for sport Hasan Salihamidžić penned the first tributes, former FCB striker Giovane Élber was one of the first to leave a message ("Dear Gerd, thank you for the time we spent together and for your advice - rest in peace, my friend!"), and goalkeeping idol Sepp Maier also bid his team-mate an emotional farewell: "We owe everything to our dear Gerd. We are all happy that we had a player and comrade who is still unmatched today. He will remain immortal. Thank you, dear Gerd, for the many great years with you!"
Well-known companions of FC Bayern outside of the football world can also be found in the digital book of condolence. Advisory board chairman Dr Edmund Stoiber wrote: "Gerd Müller was the most formidable striker Germany has ever had. I have followed his games with fascination from the beginning, in 1964. A global star without airs and graces. A role model par excellence!" Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter, also a member of the advisory board, echoed those thoughts: "Dear Gerd Müller, never again will there be a striker who was as successful as you were - and despite your success, you were always down to earth, with not a trace of arrogance -- a one of a kind!" Dorothee Bär, another member of the advisory board: "Rest in peace, dear Gerd. Thank you for everything!"
The messages to Gerd Müller came from all over the world, from Albania to Jamaica, and Syria to Vietnam and South Africa. A global homage to a unique FC Bayern legend.