Robert Lewandowski is close to to finding himself smack in the middle of Bundesliga history. Nay, not history. Immortality.
Everyone has long talked about Lewandowski approaching former Bayern Munich forward Gerd Müller’s legendary 40 goals in a season mark. Der Bomber hit that milestone back in the 1971/72 season, and only two players have come within 6 goals of that mark: Lewandowski in 2019/20 and Dieter Müller back in 1976/77. This season, however, Lewandowski has already reached 31 goals scored with 10 matches left in Bayern’s season.
If he averages one goal a game for the remainder of the season, he will have beaten Müller’s record that many have thought was unbreakable. During his magical 40-goal season, Müller scored an impressive 14 goals in his final 10 matches.
While breaking a single season scoring record would be historical, breaking an impossible record is what would grant you immortality.
For decades, there is one Bundesliga record that seemed out-of-reach for every player. Nobody, and I mean nobody, was going to reach Müller’s remarkable 365 career Bundesliga goals in 427 matches. To date, the closest player has been Schalke legend Klaus Fischer who scored an impressive 268 goals in 535 matches.
Lewandowski, with 267 goals in 344 games, has now come within one goal of Fischer. Barring a catastrophic injury to Lewandowski, he will certainly surpass Fischer before the end of the current season. With less than 100 goals now separating Müller and Lewandowski, is this feasible?
While the biggest obstacle standing in Lewandowski's way remains Father Time, at his current production level, Lewandowski would need less than three seasons to break an impossible record. It certainly doesn't feel that Lewandowski is slowing down at all.
Immortality is achievable.