World Cup memories: Muller, goals and World Cups past and present

It seems odd that Gerd Muller and Thomas Muller aren’t related. Forget their surnames. It is their uncanny ability to find space, take a shot and, more often than not, snatch a goal that marks them out as similar footballers from very different eras.

Yet both players could be considered rather out of kilter with their times, or should that be the expectations of their times. Their effectiveness in the box, regardless of their patchy abilities elsewhere on the field and lack of natural athleticism, is undeniable.

Thomas followed in Gerd’s footsteps in 2010, winning the Golden Boot, just as his namesake did in 1970. Having already scored three goals in two games through a hat trick against Portugal, will the Bayern Munich forward be able to retain his title in Brazil?

Furthermore, aged just 24, Thomas already has eight World Cup goals to his name. Gerd managed 14 over his career, yet if the modern Muller keeps up his scoring rate he should soon surpass his predecessor, and would also likely overtake the 15 goal record of Ronaldo and his other countryman, Miroslav Klose.

Will 2014 be another Golden year for a Muller?

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Author: gregianjohnson

Football writer for The Blizzard, FourFourTwo, The Mirror, Squawka and VICE amongst others. Follow me on Twitter at @gregianjohnson.

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