News : Bundesliga – Robert Lewandowski sets Gerd Müller’s 40-goal record – Sport
World footballer Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern Munich has set Gerd Müller’s Bundesliga record of 40 goals in one season. The 32-year-old Pole scored his 40th goal of the season with a penalty kick in the 26th minute in the 2-2 (1: 1) of the German champions at SC Freiburg and thus equalized Müller’s record from the 1971/72 season. For decades this was considered unattainable. After his goal, Lewandowski presented a T-shirt in honor of Müller under his jersey. Bayern’s players and coaching staff formed a trellis for him in front of the substitution bench on the sidelines and applauded.
For Lewandowski it is another milestone in his professional career. He has already been top scorer in the Bundesliga five times: in 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020. His season record to date was 34 goals. “It doesn’t help if you want it too badly,” he said a week ago after his three-pack in the 6-0 victory of the German champions against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
“You can see that he is in great shape,” said captain Manuel Neuer after the Lewandowski show against Gladbach. The outstanding league player knows of course that he is not solely responsible for the record. “I can be grateful that I have received so many templates from my colleagues,” said Lewandowski.
The successful record hunt should also be rated particularly highly because the world-class attacker missed four Bundesliga games at the end of March after a knee injury. Lewandowski was also sorely lacking in Bayern’s Champions League defeat against Paris Saint-Germain. In Munich’s 2-1 defeat in Mainz, he returned to the field three weeks ago and scored his 36th goal of the season.
With 276 Bundesliga goals, the former Borussia Dortmund player is second on the all-time goalscorer list, behind former Bayern striker Müller (365 goals). Lewandowski may also be able to attack this record in the coming years. His current contract in Munich runs until June 30, 2023.