Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeneß recently sat down with the club’s fan magazine “51” and talked over a number of subjects, but when the conversation shifted to the play of club legend Thomas Müller, Hoeneß could not hold back his praise for Der Raumdeuter.
“Fabulous. Thomas Müller is just fabulous,” Hoeneß said.
Hoeneß reflected back to the periods Müller played under both Carlo Ancelotti and Niko Kovac where the 2014 World Cup winner seemingly fell out of favor and was often not selected for the starting XI by either manager.
“There was a phase when a lot of people doubted him a bit, but it was absolutely right to firmly believe in him and trust that he would bounce back,” Hoeneß said. “Thomas has an unfathomable character and we can be incredibly proud to have this player with us at FC Bayern. There’s hardly a better ambassador for our club, and he’s also a terrific ambassador for German football as a whole. If I had to create one, I would create him.”
Certainly, Müller has proven his critics wrong with an exceptional season thus far. With 13 goals and 14 assists in 32 games across all competitions, the 31-year-old has once again proven to be one of most indispensable players in the world.
As for the recent rumblings that both Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and president Herbert Hainer would like to see Müller stay on with the club in a different role upon his retirement, Hoeneß backed-up the front office duo: “Me too. If that’s what he wants — in an instant!”