Former German football player Franz Beckenbauer holds his trophy as he attends the opening gala for the Hall of Fame of German Football at the German Football Museum in Dortmund on April 1, 2019. (Photo by Ina Fassbender / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Franz Beckenbauer has died at the age of 78

Franz Beckenbauer has passed away “peacefully in his sleep”, aged 78, with the German football legend’s family confirming his passing on Monday afternoon.

A family statement read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that my husband and our father, Franz Beckenbauer, passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday, Sunday, surrounded by his family.

“We ask that you be able to grieve in silence and refrain from asking any questions.”

TOPSHOT - Germany's soccer star and team captain Franz Beckenbauer receives the World Soccer Cup won by his team after a 2-1 victory over Holland 07 July 1974 at Munich's Olympic stadium, as West Germany president Walter Scheel (L) applauds. Franz Beckenbauer, le capitaine de l'équipe d'Allemagne, reçoit la Coupe du Monde de Football 1974, à Munich le 07 juillet 1974. (Photo by AFP) (Photo by STF/AFP via Getty Images)

Beckenbauer lifting the World Cup trophy (Image credit: Getty Images)

Nicknamed ‘Der Kaiser’, Beckenbauer lifted the World Cup as captain of West Germany in 1974 before leading the nation to the same glory as manager in 1990 – making him one of just three people to have ever achieved that feat. Mario Zagallo and Didier Deschamps are the other two. 

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