Just like a fine wine, Robert Lewandowski keeps getting better and better with age. He’s already picked up this season right where he left off last season for both Bayern Munich and Poland, having finally broken the late Gerd Muller’s Bundesliga, single-season scoring record. His brace in Bayern’s impressive 3-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League took him to 10 goals thus far this season across all competitions and he leads the Bundesliga with six.
In a recent interview with Sport Bild (via Sport1), Bayern’s number 9 said that he realistically would like to play for “at least another four years” and also explained that despite his remarkable scoring records, he’s more concerned with how he can always help the team do better than the goals themselves. “I had the best values of my career this summer. My scores at 33 are better than ever. 33 is just a number. With me it doesn’t show how old I really am,” Lewandowski stressed.
In each of the past three Bundesliga seasons, Lewandowski has increased the number of goals he’s scored. The last season to season dip in number of Bundesliga goals scored he’s had was the 2017/2018 season (29) into the 2018/2019 season (22), but in both of those seasons, he scored over 40 goals across all competitions. To add to that, he’s scored over 40 goals across all competitions in every season stretching back to the 2015/2016 season. The last time he didn’t achieve that feat was in the 2014/2015 season.
Even though the scoring records and numbers speak for themselves for Lewandowski, he said it’s also very important for him to be able to combine with his teammates and offer more than just goals. For him, it’s always about the collective team performance, which ultimately results in him scoring more goals. “Five goals more or less don’t play a big role: My style of play is more important to me. I can bring other things to the field than goals and degrees alone. I want to put my teammates in the limelight, combine them. For me this is the next level. I don’t always have to be the one who ends up looking at my own goal statistics. I know that I benefit when the team plays well. And vice versa,” he explained.
In recent weeks, he setup a fantastic goal for Thomas Muller in Bayern’s 5-0 thrashing of Hertha Berlin by cleverly letting the ball run through his legs to tee up his teammate at the far post with the perfect angle on goal. Lewandowski bagged a hat-trick of his own in that particular match, as well. He’s solo run to setup Grzegorz Krychowiak in Poland’s 4-1 World Cup qualifying win over Albania during this past international break did the rounds on social media with the way he ran half the length of the pitch, muscling off a defender exceptionally well to get to the byline and send in his cross. He also had an assist in Poland’s 1-1 draw with England in Warsaw.