06/16/2014 11:56 EDT | Updated 08/16/2014 05:59 EDT

Thomas Muller: Few better than Germany's big man

A big man for the big occasion. Muller was the breakout star of the 2010 World Cup — finishing joint top-scorer — and plans to be in the thick of the action in Brazil four years on.

Why he's so special

As a tall target man there are few better. Commanding in the air and strong on the ground, Muller is versatile enough to play as an attacking midfielder or as an out and out striker.

Famous moment

Winning the FIFA Golden Boot at the 2010 World Cup (five goals, three assists)

He said it

“I got lucky — I hit form at just the right time” — Muller on his 2010 World Cup exploits.

What they're saying about him

"The lad's fast, he's got a good technique — he's going to be a great player," — Germany legend Gerd Muller on his namesake Thomas. 


- Mobile, quick and adaptable. Generally shows great composure in front of goal.


- His dribbling skills are not the best, and may be distracted by a rumours of a summer transfer.

Fun Fact

His jersey No. 13 was also worn by Germany’s all-time leading scorer Gerd Muller — who shares the same name but is no relation to Thomas.