The Bayern Munich forward was the obvious choice for the award, after his five goals and three assists showed his all-round proficiency in the final third of the pitch. He succeeds his international team-mate, Lukas Podolski, as holder of the title.
"The honour will be with me for all time. It's a terrific confirmation of the work I’ve put in over the last year, and it’s a huge honour to be part of a group including the likes of Beckenbauer and Pele," Mueller told FIFA's official website.
"It also points to the excellent quality of our youth development work in Germany, so I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all the staff at Bayern Munich and the Germany national set-up, and the coaching team, who have always kept faith with me.
"I’ve really enjoyed my football with the lads here. [But] what I really wanted was to win the World Cup as part of a team."
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How he won
Got off to perfect start to the competition with four goals from his first four shots on target. But it was his all-round play in the decimations of England and Argentina, and a man-of-the-match performance against Uruguay, that really showcased his quality.
His two goals against England set Germany on the way to an emphatic triumph, and gave him the confidence and form that he took on through the rest of the competition. How might Germany have fared if he had not been suspended for the final?
Bayern Munich 2009-10
Broke into the Bayern Munich starting lineup to widespread acclaim. Faded slightly as the season progressed — despite the German champions' Champions League final run — but seems to have earned the trust of Louis van Gaal and is expected to be a star for a number of years.
Mueller pipped two rising stars to take the crown:
Ghana's Andre Ayew impressed as he helped his side on their memorable run to the competition's quarter-finals. The son of former African legend Abedi Pele, Ayew's pace and trickery on the flanks gave the Black Stars a consistent outlet, and he was a major provider for striker Asamoah Gyan. The Olympique Marseille player clearly has a bright future ahead of him
Still on the books of Tottenham Hotspur despite a number of loan spells, Giovani dos Santos might have encouraged Harry Redknapp to have a re-think about his future after some impressive displays in South Africa. Was a lively presence out wide for Mexico, and along with fellow youngsters Javier Hernandez and Carlos Vela offered enough to suggest El Tri can look forward to further successful World Cup forays.
Young player award winners since 1986
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