Bayern Munich and Germany legend Gerd Muller is receiving treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Nicknamed ‘Der Bomber’, Muller, 70 next month, scored 68 goals in 62 games for what was then West Germany, and netted over 650 goals in his club career.

Alzheimer’s disease 

is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behaviour.

“Gerd Muller is one of the all-time greats of world football,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Muller won the Golden Boot for netting 10 goals at the 1970 World Cup and scored the winning goal in the 1974 final, as West Germany defeated Netherlands 2-1 in Munich.

He held the record for the most goals in a calendar year after scoring 85 in 1972 until Lionel Messi surpassed his total in 2012.

Rummenigge added: “There will probably never be another goalscorer like Gerd, yet despite all his successes, he was always very humble and reserved, which particularly impressed me.

“He was a fantastic team-mate and is a friend. Gerd will always enjoy a place in the Bayern family.

“After he ended his playing career, he brought his experience as a coach of youngsters to the club, helping define the likes of world champions Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller, and we are also grateful to him for this.”

Der Bomber

In 62 games for Germany, Muller scored 68 goals. The record beaten by Miroslav Klose at the 2014 World Cup, who has scored 71 goals.

This includes 14 goals in World Cup matches, third on the all-time list behind Klose (16) and Brazil’s Ronaldo (15).