After Bayern Munich won the DFL-Supercup by beating Borussia Dortmund 3-2 at the Allianz Arena earlier this week, Thomas Muller officially became the most successful German footballer as far as titles are concerned (FCBayern.com). The Supercup was the 27th title that Muller has won in his playing career thus far, which is the highest tally of any German footballer. It’s especially fitting that this huge milestone for Muller comes in a year that’s seen Bayern win the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League, UEFA Supercup, and DFL-Supercup.
More specifically, Muller has won the Bundesliga 9 times, the DFB-Pokal 6 times, the DFL-Supercup 6 times, the Champions League 2 times, the UEFA Supercup 2 times, the FIFA Club World Cup 1 time, and the 2014 World Cup title. The Supercup title this past week saw Muller surpass former Bayern and Die Mannschaft teammates Bastian Schwiensteiger and Toni Kroos, who are both level on 26 titles won in their careers, though Kroos is still playing for both Germany and Real Madrid. Current teammates Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer aren’t too far behind Muller with 25 titles a piece. Although his current and former teammates are close to his milestone, what’s unique about Muller is the fact that he won all of said titles with Bayern, bar the World Cup.
Ironically enough, Muller won his first Meisterschale against this weekend’s opponents, Hertha Berlin back in 2010. At 31 years of age, it’s hard to believe that Muller is still performing on such an elite level for Bayern, coming off of a season that saw him break the single season Bundesliga assists record previously held by Kevin De Bruyne. A native Bavarian himself, it’s perhaps the most befitting milestone for Muller becoming the most successful German footballer not long after securing another historic treble. Of course, we certainly hope that Muller’s not anywhere near done yet and he’s able to lift another handful of trophies before his time at Bayern is up.