This article will tell you about the 10 greatest ever Bayern Munich players
Bayern Munich is one of the most successful and renowned football clubs in the world. Since its foundation in 1900, the Bavarian side has won a number of titles, including:
- 31 Bundesliga titles
- 19 DFB-Pokal cups
- 6 UEFA Champions League titles
- 1 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup
- 2 UEFA Super Cup
- 2 FIFA Club World Cup
Throughout its history, Bayern Munich has been home to some of the greatest players in football history. From Franz Beckenbauer to Gerd Müller, the club has seen some of the most iconic players in football history.
In this article we will take a look at some of the greatest players ever to have played for Bayern Munich.
FC Bayern’s Greatests
Known as “Der Kaiser” (The Emperor), Beckenbauer was one of the best defenders of all time. He is widely considered one of the greatest players in German football history.
He was an integral part of Bayern’s success during their golden era in the 1970s and 80s. Franz won four Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokal cups and three European Cups (now known as Champions League).
He was also part of West Germany’s 1974 World Cup winning team and was voted European Footballer of the Year twice (1972 & 1976).
Nicknamed “Der Bomber” due to his prolific goal scoring prowess, Müller is widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers ever. During his 14-year stint at Bayern, he scored an incredible 365 goals in 427 appearances.
He also helped them win four Bundesliga titles and three European Cups (now known as Champions League). He also won both the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year awards in 1970.
The Dutch winger joined Bayern Munich from Real Madrid in 2009. He quickly established himself as one of their star players with his electric pace and pinpoint crossing ability on either flank.
During his nine years at Bayern, he won eight Bundesliga titles while also helping them win five DFB-Pokal cups.
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He also recorded a Champions League win when he led the club to their fifth tournament in 2013. He scored 144 goals in 309 appearances for Bayern before retiring from professional football in 2021.
The former West German international striker joined Bayern from Inter Milan in 1974. He went on to become one of their most iconic players over two separate spells at the club spanning 15 years (1974-1984 & 1987-1991).
During this period ,he won six Bundesliga titles while also helping them win two Champions League titles. He also led them to two Intercontinental Cups in 1976 & 1981.
He scored a total of 128 goals for Bayern before retiring from football in 1991.
The midfield maestro joined Bayern from hometown club VfB Stuttgart in 2002 when he was just 18 years old. He quickly established himself as a key player for them over 13 years at the club.
During this period, he won eight Bundesliga titles while also helping them win five DFB-Pokal cups. Her also won the Champions League title in 2013. He made a total of 500 appearances for Bayern before joining Manchester United in 2015.
He retired from professional football in 2016 year after making only 18 appearances for the reds due to injuries sustained during his time at Old Trafford.
The legendary right-back joined Bayern from hometown club Stuttgart when he was just 18 years old back in 2002. He went on to become one of their most important players over 12 years at the club.
During this period, he won eight Bundesliga titles while also helping them win five DFB-Pokal cups along with one Champions League title (2013). His versatility saw him play both full back positions while also playing further forward on occasion.
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His gameplay earned him admirers all over Europe before retiring from professional football in 2017. He made 500 appearances for Bayern across all competitions.
The former German international goalkeeper joined Bayern from Karlsruher SC when he was just 21 years old back in 1994. He quickly established himself as one of their most important players over 14 years at the club.
During this period, he won eight Bundesliga titles while also helping them win five DFB-Pokal cups. He also helped them lift a Champions League titles in 2001.
His imposing presence between the sticks earned him admirers all over Europe before. He retired from the professional football after making 632 appearances for Bayern across all competitions.
He kept a record 332 clean sheets for them.
Thomas Müller joined Bayern Munich youth academy at the age of 10 and has been a key player for the team ever since. Müller has won numerous domestic and international titles with the club, including a sextuple in 2020.
He is known for his versatility, intelligence on the pitch, and goal-scoring ability.
Robert Lewandowski joined Bayern in 2014 and has since become one of the team’s most important players. He is arguably their greatest ever striker who won numerous domestic and international titles.
Lewandowski is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, with impressive scoring records and technical ability.
Lothat Matthaus is one of Germany’s greatest ever midfielders who spent 11 glorious seasons with Die Roten between 1984 – 1995. He helped guide them to 3 consecutive league championships between 1986 – 1988.
He also led them to 2 consecutive cup victories between 1985 – 1986 plus another cup victory 1995. He became only 1st player ever to make 500 league appearances for any team!
On top off that Matthäus earned 150 caps playing for Germany. He captained 1990 World Cup winning side plus being voted European Player Of Year 1991!