Robert Lewandowski was “unbelievably proud” to follow in the footsteps of Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller by scoring 40 goals in a Bundesliga season.
Muller’s long-standing record from the 1971-72 campaign was finally matched by Lewandowski on Saturday.
The Bayern striker’s landmark goal came from the penalty spot in a 2-2 draw with Freiburg, just his 28th league appearance of the season.
Lewandowski has netted with 31.75 per cent of his 126 shots in the Bundesliga in 2020-21, although he passed up a pair of late chances to move clear of Muller.
The forward’s final opportunity to reach 41 will come next week against Augsburg, but Lewandowski is for now delighted simply to draw level at the top.
“I achieved a goal that once seemed impossible to imagine,” Lewandowski wrote on Twitter with the hashtags “#Lewy40” and “#4EverGerd”.
“I’m so unbelievably proud to make history for @FCBayern, and to play a part in creating the stories that fans will tell their children – following in the footsteps of legends like Gerd Muller.”
Having also provided seven assists this season, Lewandowski has 47 goal involvements, by far the most of all players in Europe’s ‘top five’ leagues.
Lionel Messi, the Barcelona superstar, is second with 38 combined goals and assists this term.