Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern Munich’s 3rd goal against SC Paderborn. It proved to be the winning goal, as the game finished 3-2 in favor of Bayern at the Benteler Arena. Lewandowski’s goal did more than that, though: the goal raised his Bundesliga tally to 10 goals in only 6 matches, which is yet another record for the league set by the Polish ace.
The goal (from the 79th minute vs. Paderborn) — calm as you like as the keeper charges to close him down — can be seen below:
ROBERT. LEWANDOWSKI.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) September 28, 2019
A delightful chip from Bayern's No. 9 makes it 3-1 late on. pic.twitter.com/akckUwywVN
No other player in the history of the Bundesliga has reached 10 goals in only 6 matches. And Lewandowski has two more goals to his name across competitions, one in the Champions League and another in the DFB-Pokal (making 12 total this season).
Lewandowski’s record-scoring feat sets him above legends of the game: Jupp Heynckes, Gerd Müller, Peter Meyer, and Lother Emmerick had reached 9 goals in 6 matches for their respective clubs, and all of them played more than (at least) 30 years ago.
Lewandowski has already become the Bundesliga’s record non-German goal-scorer. If he scores in Bayern’s next league match against Hoffenheim, he would share fourth place on the list of all-time Bundesliga goal-scorers with Manfred Burgsmüller, who scored a total of 213 league goals, most of them during his time with Borussia Dortmund from 1976-1983. Only Heynckes (220), Klaus Fischer (268), and Gerd Müller (365) have scored more career Bundesliga goals than Burgsmüller and Lewandowski (Bundesliga.com).
Additionally, at the rate he’s scoring now, Lewandowski could potentially break Gerd Müller’s record of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season, though he was quick to play down the hype when he was asked about it earlier this month, after he scored six goals in only three matches at the time:
It’s still too soon for me to imagine that. I have scored just six goals so car. That’s still far too little. I also can’t say on the third matchday whether I’ll be the top goal-scorer.
Hindsight is always 20/20, but even Lewy himself might not even have imagined that he would continue to score at such a prolific rate. He’s well on track to collect a third consecutive Torjägerkanone and perhaps give Müller’s single-season record a run for its money.