Der Bomber and his tournament winning goal in 1974

first_img2 Muller (above, left) won the Golden Boot at the 1974 World Cup with 10 goals scored There are just eight days to go until the World Cup begins. This means talkSPORT.com is getting down to the true icons of the World Cup in its countdown.The list featuring Pele, Diego Maradona and Zinedine Zidane, looks at the greatest moments from the most iconic footballers – from great goal scorers and majestic defenders to sensational scoundrels and those who just didn’t know the rules.8) Gerd Muller: West Germany, forward 1970, 1974 2 Short. Stocky. Awkward looking. Gerd Muller was like that guy at a nightclub who appears hugely out of place, yet hoovers up all the totty. The penalty box was his discotheque, where the sideburned striker poached an incredible 14 goals in just 13 matches (from a combined total of approximately 11 yards out). Despite his physical appearance, ‘Der Bomber’ was quick and agile. He had a predator’s instinct, a spring-heeled leap and an ability to contort his body to turn defenders inside the box. He scored 10 goals in 1970 (including two hat-tricks) to claim the Golden Boot. His high point, however, was in 1974, when, as pictured above, he scored the winner as West Germany beat the Netherlands 2-1 in the final. And with that, Muller snared the prettiest prize of all.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.MORE ICONS: 9) The great hair and greater goals of Jairzinholast_img

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