Individuals of 1970 were mixed bag, as probably they always are – some established stars playing strong, some getting old and fading, some new talent pushing ahead. Yet, there was change of guard – Gerd Muller was voted European Footballer of the Year. For the first time German player was recognized best in Europe. Muller also got the Golden Shoe (or Boot, depending on translation) – he was the top goalscorer in Europe with 38 goals. He had impressive World Cup and scored 10 goals at the finals. He was 25 years old.
Neither FIFA, nor South America awarded top players of the year yet. Still Pele was the King of the world football.
Still playing for Santos. But… the years of Muller were coming, not of Pele… already they were looking for new king in Brazil. The old one was 30 years of age.