Thomas Müller will not be able to play the Bundesliga game at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday (from 3:30 p.m.) due to an intestinal disease, but the FC Bayern veteran still had reason to celebrate on Friday. As the German record champion announced, Müller will be awarded the Bavarian Sports Prize.

    The 33-year-old received the “Personal Prize of the Bavarian Prime Minister” from Markus Söder, who visited the star player at the Munich club premises on Säbener Straße.

    Thomas Müller was honored by the Prime Minister for, among other things, winning his eleventh German championship, which meant a new Bundesliga record last summer.

    “Thomas Müller is one of the greatest footballers in history – powerful, self-confident and always cool and likeable. He is a role model for Bayern all over the world. Thomas Müller has a huge fan base and motivates younger people to play sport,” said Söder about Müller, who has completed his entire professional career to date at FC Bayern.

    Söder: Thomas Müller “a great hero”

    The Prime Minister also described the 2014 world champion as “a great hero”: “His huge successes with FC Bayern and the national team speak for themselves. Bayern is very proud. I’m very excited to see which titles we can still look forward to.”

    In addition to the Bundesliga title, Müller can also look back on six DFB Cup victories and two Champions League victories. No other German footballer has won as many titles in his career as the native of Upper Bavaria.

    “It is a great honor that I was awarded the Bavarian Sports Prize. Bavaria is my homeland, it relates to football and to my whole life, so of course I am particularly pleased about this award. […] I hope that this title will not be the last this season,” said Müller FC Bayern club website quoted.

    The gala for the Bavarian Sports Award will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Munich; almost three hours later (from 10:05 p.m.) it will be broadcast on BR television with a time delay.