After his hat-trick led Bayern Munich to a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Borussia Dortmund at home on Saturday, Robert Lewandowski said he’s “not thinking about Gerd Müller’s record,” but he’ll be forced to consider it sooner rather than later this season.
After just 24 rounds of matches, the 32-year-treble olds in securing a 4-2 win in Der Klassiker brought him to 31 league goals, just nine shies of Müller’s 40-goal haul set in the 1971/72 season.
Bayern Munich’s No.9 scores so often – one every 63 minutes in the Bundesliga this season – that his accomplishments are always lost in the vast sea of his ridiculous experience.
The Bayern No.9 scores so often in the Bundesliga this season – averaging one every 63 minutes – that his accomplishments are always lost in the vast sea of his ludicrous exploits. Is there a new Lewandowski album on the way? What’s different this time?
But, if you’re getting tired of hearing about more Lewandowski heroics, fight back, dear reader; it’s not often that we are consciously aware that we are witnessing history being made.
Nobody has ever scored 30 goals this early in a season in Germany’s top flight, for example. Müller ‘just’ had 26 points after 24 games during his most productive season nearly 50 years ago.
Furthermore, Lewandowski has now scored at least three goals in a single league game for the 12th time, has scored at least once in 13 of his last 14 league games, and has scored 20 goals in 14 games against former club Dortmund.
When asked if he wanted to overtake Müller’s best-mark, the striker said, “First and foremost, I want to win the next game with my side.” “I’d like to score the goals, but it’s too early to worry about that right now.”
Perhaps, but Bayern would have failed to convert a 2-0 loss into a 4-2 victory if it hadn’t been for him. Lewandowski pulled a goal back from close range in the 26th minute, equalized from the penalty spot just before halftime, and drilled in low with a pin-perfect finish from the edge of the box in the final minute to round off a worthy victory.