Robert Lewandowski is having the season of his life in front of goal for Bayern Munich. With his goal in Bayern’s 8-2 routing of Barcelona in the Champions League, the Polish international has now scored a total of 54 goals across all competitions this season. His finish was a finely taken header off of a fizzed cross from Philippe Coutinho in the 82nd minute to make it 6-2 and it means that Lewandowski is on the verge of breaking a single-season scoring record of competitive goals for Bayern (Az).
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The Bayern goal-scoring machine is on the board and it's 6-2. pic.twitter.com/kUbOMpFDXu
Lewandowski fell just short of the single season Bundesliga goals record for Bayern held by the great Gerd Müller. Lewandowski bagged 34 league goals this season, 6 shy of Müller’s record tally of 40. However, there’s still a scoring record that the Pole can still break this season. In the 1972/73 season for Bayern, Müller scored a total of 55 competitive goals across all competitions, just one more than Lewandowski’s current tally for the season. Of course, Bayern still has at least one more match, and potentially two, for him to equal or break the record held by Müller.
In addition to his 34 goals in the Bundesliga this season, Lewandowski has scored 14 in the Champions League and 6 in the DFB-Pokal. He’s the leading goal-scorer in literally every competition Bayern’s involved in. If he winds up equaling or bettering Müller’s single season tally in the remaining match(es) for Bayern, he’ll equal or better a club record for European goals in a season. In the 1995/96 season, Jurgen Klinsmann scored 15 European goals en route to winning the UEFA Cup over Bordeaux. With two more goals, Lewandowski would break Klinsmann’s record.
Not for nothing, either, but Lewandowski also leads Bayern in the Champions League for both goals (14) and assists (5). It’s a testament to the fact that not only is he a prolific finisher, he’s also looking for his teammates in an around the opposition’s penalty box when the opportunities present themselves.
The man is a machine and it’s truly a shame that they will not be giving out the Ballon d’Or this season, because his name would surely be inscribed on it.