Given his accomplishments, Thomas Müller is underrated. Second in the all-time standings for Bundesliga titles and poised to draw level first with Franck Ribéry at the end of 2019/20; fourth in the list of Bayern Munich’s all-time top goalscorers; one of only 11 players with 100-plus Germany caps and both World Cup golden and silver boots, Müller has somehow only twice been named in the top 10 in the yearly Ballon d’Or list.
In recent times he had looked like his skills might have been fading. Now 30 years of age, he fell out of favour in the early part of 2019/20 under Bayern’s then-manager Niko Kovac. Having not made an appearance for Germany in well over a year, Müller appeared to be on his way towards a typically understated exit from European football’s main stage. However, since Hansi Flick’s appointment as Kovac’s successor in November, he has been back to his best, playing a crucial role in Bayern regaining top spot in the Bundesliga following their slow start to the campaign.