Thomas Muller leveled Dieter Hoeness’s goal-scoring tally for Bayern Munich with his goal in the 4-0 win over SC Freiburg over the weekend. The two are now tied for fourth on Bayern’s all-time scoring list in the Bundesliga. The goal against Freiburg was Muller’s 102nd in the league; a mark that’s taken him 278 appearances to achieve, 54 more than Hoeness’s 224 appearances to get to that same mark.
Hoeness admitted that he knew it was only a matter of time before Muller would equal his goals tally, but he’s more than happy to see him continue scoring (via AZ):
It was just a matter of time before he caught up with me. I‘m happy about every goal that Thomas scores, I grant it to him from the bottom of my heart.
Despite Muller taking longer to equal his tally, Hoeness believes that the Bavarian native will catch up to the three players ahead of him. To reach Roland Wohlfarth’s tally (119), Muller needs to score 17 more goals, and he’ll have to score 60 more before the end of his Bayern career to equal Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (162 goals). Hoeness is confident that Muller can give Ruemmenigge a run for his money:
Thomas will definitely pass Roland Wohlfarth, and even Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gradually has to watch out. Thomas is still just 28 years old: he’ll therefore catch up to both of them. But there’s no way he can touch Gerd Müller.
Additionally, Hoeness highlighted how well Muller has done under Jupp Heynckes, and how it’s permeated into the rest of the squad. The trust that Heynckes invests in Muller, Hoeness feels, is the driving force behind Muller’s confidence and Bayern’s cohesion; a cohesion that was non-existent under previous manager Carlo Ancelotti:
Müller isn’t the only one to experience this uptick under Heynckes, but other players as well. You can see how important it is even for a world-class player that he feels he has his coach’s trust. The instinctiveness, the certainty of Müller’s game is back, he’s following his instincts again. He is a key player for the Bayern team.
Will Muller surpass both Roland Wohlfarth and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Bayern’s all-time league scorers list before his career’s over?
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Yes - he’ll surpass both
No - he’ll only surpass Wohlfarth, not KHR