Bayern Munich record-breaker Robert Lewandowski set for landmark and new Bundesliga best
If Bayern’s prolific striker finds the net in the Matchday 24 meeting with Hertha Berlin, it will be the 12th successive league match at the Allianz Arena in which he has scored, giving him sole ownership of the Bundesliga record he shared with Heynckes and Müller.
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It will also add to his league-leading tally of 20 goals in 23 games this season and his prodigious 171 league strikes since he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2010, a total which has pushed him into the Bundesliga’s top ten all-time leading scorers.
More ruthless than Der Bomber
Only the peerless Müller has scored more goals (216) in his first 250 Bundesliga matches, though Lewandowski can boast to be the more clinical of the pair, needing 99 minutes on the pitch per goal to Der Bomber’s 105.
With just seven more strikes, he will overhaul Klaus Allofs and Dieter Müller on the all-time list. His next targets after that will be Stefan Kuntz (179) and sixth-placed Ulf Kirsten (182).
While Gerd Müller’s record tally of 365 will likely never be beaten, Heynckes might not be sitting quite so comfortably. The Bayern boss was a formidable goalgetter for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the 1970s, and his mark of 220 — that puts him third on the all-time list — is surely within his star forward’s reach.
Cologne forward Claudio Pizarro, currently the German top-flight’s all-time foreign-born leading scorer and fifth all-time overall, will also surely see his haul of goals — currently 191 — beaten, because while the Peruvian is 39, Lewandowski still has a number of seasons ahead of him.
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The Poland international only turns 30 in August, and has averaged 31 league games per season he has played in Germany, a testament to his dedication to his physical condition. With his contract with the record German champions running until 2021, Lewandowski has plenty of time to set more Bayern and Bundesliga records yet.