Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 19 September 2019

Gerd Muller ‘certain’ Thomas Muller will break World Cup goal record

After Thomas Muller netted a hat-trick against Portugal on Monday, Germany great Gerd Muller is backing him to reach even greater heights.
Thomas Muller challenges Ricardo Costa of Portugal during Germany's World Cup Group G opening win on Monday. Francisco Leong / AFP / June 16, 2014
Thomas Muller challenges Ricardo Costa of Portugal during Germany's World Cup Group G opening win on Monday. Francisco Leong / AFP / June 16, 2014
Germany’s goal-scoring legend Gerd Muller is backing compatriot and namesake Thomas Muller to eventually claim the record for the most World Cup goals.

The 24-year-old Thomas Muller scored the first hat-trick of Brazil 2014 in Germany’s 4-0 rout of Portugal on Monday to leave him with eight goals at World Cup finals.

Gerd Muller, 68, nicknamed ‘Das Bomber’, retired after scoring the winner in the 1974 World Cup final to leave him with 68 goals in 62 appearances for West Germany.

His previous record of 14 World Cup goals, later matched by current German squad member Miroslav Klose, was only broken when Brazil striker Ronaldo claimed his 15th at Germany in 2006.

“I am certain that Thomas Muller will eventually get the World Cup goal record, as he still has two or three more World Cups in him,” Muller senior told Wednesday’s edition of Sport Bild.

Thomas Muller is already on course to retain the Golden Boot he won four years ago, after finishing joint top-scorer, having also won the best young player awards in South Africa.

If he wins the Golden Boot, he would become the first player to retain the award and the first time a single country has won the Golden Boot three times in succession after Klose claimed the award in 2006.

“I hope he retains the Golden Boot and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for him,” added Gerd Muller.

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Updated: June 19, 2014 04:00 AM

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