Robert Lewandowski has broken the Bundesliga record for the most goals scored in a single season set by Gerd Muller 49 years ago, bagging his 41st strike of the campaign in a 5-2 victory over Augsburg.
The Polish striker entered the final game of the season needing only one goal to make history, but while his teammates enjoyed plenty of success over the course of the 90 minutes, he looked destined to only tie with the great German striker’s record.
But Lewandowski’s moment arrived in the 90th minute when he latched onto a parried shot on the edge of the six-yard box, rounded the keeper and slotted into the back of the net. In doing so, the Bayern star scored his 41st goal of the 2020/21 season, a new record in German football history.
The record was previously set by Muller in the 1971/72 campaign, when he also led the line for Bayern. So it only feels right that it is another Roten forward making history and breaking records in yet another title-winning campaign.
Lewandowski has been on fire this year, scoring more than once on ten occasions this season, as well as regularly adding big returns throughout the campaign. It looked as if he would struggle to break the record after suffering an injury in April, but he has come back and hit six goals in their final four matches to pip Muller’s achievement.
The 32-year-old has reached the magic 41-goal mark in an incredible 29 games and remarkably has failed to score in only five matches in which he has played for Bayern in the Bundesliga. Those statistics speak of a man at the peak of his powers and his return of five goals in six Champions League matches shows just how impressive he is.
It seemed as if Muller’s record would never be broken, but no one had accounted for Robert Lewangoalski!