Lewy hails Bayern colleagues

16 May 2021 20:13:30 GMTPlus10

Robert Lewandowski has paid tribute to his Bayern Munich team-mates after equalling Gerd Muller's long-standing record of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season.

Poland striker Lewandowski, who is 34.00 to be the top goalscorer at Euro 2020, converted a first-half penalty in Bayern's 2-2 draw at Freiburg to take his league tally for the 2020-21 campaign to 40 goals in just 27 starts.

It's not just my name on that list, it's the whole team.

Robert Lewandowski

That means he has matched Bayern legend Muller's haul from the 1971-72 season and Lewandowski can break that 49-year-old record when the German champions host Augsburg in their final game of the season.

The Polish star has scored 20 goals in 16 career appearances against those opponents and he claimed a hat-trick in his most recent home game, as Bayern thrashed Borussia Monchengladbach 6-0.

Lewandowski's goalscoring heroics have helped Bayern to a ninth consecutive German title and they are 11 points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig, who play Wolfsburg on Sunday.

The Bavarian giants have scored 94 goals in 33 Bundesliga matches and average 3.69 goals per game at home in the league, setting the bar high for Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann, who succeeds Hansi Flick as Bayern boss next season.

Reflecting on his achievement, Lewandowski told the official Bayern website: "It's a great honour. It is a legendary record that's stood for a long time.

"What Gerd Muller achieved was incredible. I never thought I could manage to share the record with him.

"I'm very proud and I can't quite believe it yet. I still need some time to process it. The record belongs to the whole team. It's not just my name on that list, it's the whole team."

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