Is Gerd Muller’s 50-year record on the brink of being matched and possibly overtaken by Robert Lewandowski? Well, it sure looks that way!
Ruthless Robert Lewandowski is now on course to matching Gerd Muller’s goal record in a single season and who knows, he may even surpass it too as there are still two games to go.
In what has been a rather up and down season for Bayern Munich, they have still managed to be crowned Bundesliga champions for the ninth successive year, currently sitting 10 points clear. And they managed to get the crown even before they kicked a ball thanks to Leipzig’s loss to Dortmund earlier on in the day.
After his hat trick inspired the Bavarians to a 6-0 demolition against European football chasing Borussia Monchengladbach, Lewandowski now sits on 39 goals so far this season, one behind Gerd Muller’s record, with just two games left go this season.
Although he has not yet matched Mullers feat, sitting on 39 goals, he has surpassed the two previous records held by Muller when he finished with 36 goals in the 1972/73 season and 38 goals in the 1971/72 seasons respectively.
It was a comfortable win for Bayern with Sane, Coman and Muller adding to Lewandowski’s hat-trick on the day.
And with games against SC Freiburg and Augsburg left to play for Munich, where both teams really have nothing left to play for as Freiburg currently sit in 10th place on 41 points and Augsburg sit in 13th with 33 points, fans and Lewandowski himself will be hoping that he matches and even surpasses the record held by Muller.
However, despite the record-breaking feats of Lewandowski, it has been an overall poor season for Munich. Coming off the back of a triple winning season, they have only managed to become lift the Bundesliga, after defeats in the DFB Pokal to Holstein Kiel and the Champions League to PSG saw swift and early exits in competitions that they dominated only last season. And with current manager Hansi Flick on the way out, many more changes will have to be made otherwise Bayern may not get away with poor performances and yet still come away with the title in the Bundesliga next season.
We should however not take anything away from the amazing dominance Bayern have achieved to win a title for nine consecutive seasons.
But for Lewandowski, at the ripe age of 32, there is more smiles all round and there is no doubt that he can go on for another few years at least, barring any injuries and demise from the player himself. And I think it is safe to say that he does not look as though he will be retiring any time soon.
Whether he will remain at Munich for the next few seasons remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, if there are records to be broken then Lewandowski will surely be the one chasing them down!