It came after Muller’s wife Uschi revealed ahead of his 75th birthday on Tuesday that the 1974 World Cup winner ‘eats next to nothing’ and ‘lies in bed almost 24 hours a day’ because of the illness.
Bayern said Muller had been suffering from dementia ‘for a long time’ when they made a public announcement about his conditions back in January 2015. He has been receiving treatment in Bavaria ever since.
Robert Lewandowski (right) scored twice as Bayern Munich won 6-2 at Red Bull Salzburg
After the game, Lewandowski dedicated his goals to Bayern club legend Gerd Muller
And Lewandowski, who scored twice in Bayern’s 6-2 Champions League win in Austria on Tuesday night, paid tribute afterwards.
He wrote on social media: ‘I would like to dedicate my goals to a true legend Gerd Muller, it’s his 75th birthday today.
‘The scale of what you have achieved drives me to work every day to at least come a bit closer to your greatness. Stay strong King Gerd.’
Muller, nicknamed ‘Der Bomber’, scored an astonishing 565 goals in 607 appearances for Bayern between 1964 and 1979, as well as 68 goals in 62 games for West Germany.
Gerd Muller (left) with wife Uschi (right), who has revealed the heartbreaking details of his dementia decline since his diagnosis
Bayern Munich publicly announced Muller was suffering from the illness in January 2015
Poland international Lewandowski, 32, has scored 258 times in 299 matches for the Bavarian club since 2014.
He netted twice to guide the reigning European champions through what proved to be a testing Champions League game in Salzburg.
Bayern fell behind inside four minutes and were pegged back to 2-2 midway through the second-half before charging to victory.
Uschi Muller revealed details of her husband’s sad decline ahead of his 75th birthday.
Muller, nicknamed ‘the bomber of the nation’, netted 68 goals in 62 games for West Germany, including in the 1974 final against the Netherlands (above)
But now his wife has revealed some of the difficulties the 1974 World Cup winner now faces
‘He eats next to nothing, can hardly swallow, lies in bed for almost 24 hours, and has only a few waking moments,’ she told BILD.
‘It is so nice when he opens his eyes for a moment. He can sometimes signal yes and no with the blink of an eye.
‘He has always been a fighter, has always been brave, all his life. He is now too. Gerd sleeps towards its end. He has closed his eyes, is dozing, only rarely opens his mouth and is given pureed food.
‘He is calm and peaceful and I don’t think he has to suffer either. He’s slowly sleeping over.’
Muller’s wife of 53 years currently cares for him at a Bavarian nursing home in Wolfratshausen, but was not allowed to visit him for three months following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, which she said she was not able to explain to him.
Muller (left) and Paul Breitner (right) were team-mates at the 1974 World Cup and the latter still visits the former at his Bavarian nursing home
In addition to his goals for Germany, Muller netted 552 goals for Bayern Munich at club level
Muller won four Bundesliga titles, including one on 1971-71 (above) during his Bayern career
But the German outlet adds that because he is considered a dying candidate, Uschi has now been allowed to visit him again, as is a second person for 20 minutes, such as daughter Nicole or former team-mate and close friend Paul Breitner.
The latest details of Muller’s diagnosis come just a day after it was revealed that England and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton is suffering with the same illness.
The 83-year-old is the fifth member of England’s 1966 World Cup-winning team to suffer from the debilitating neurological condition.
Bobby Charlton, the England and Manchester United icon, has been diagnosed with dementia
It is understood that Charlton’s wife, Lady Norma, and family agreed for the information to be made public so it could help others affected by dementia.
Sportsmail reported in June that, according to Hans Woller, a biographer who visited Muller last year, he is wheelchair bound, mute and fed by his wife.
Muller had also struggled with a long battle with alcoholism before it was confirmed that he had dementia.