Robert Lewandowski matches Gerd Muller’s record with 40th Bundesliga goal of the season

Robert Lewandowski matches Gerd Muller’s 49-year old record with his 40th Bundesliga goal of the season against Freiburg and celebrates on pitch with a guard of honour

Robert Lewandowski matched Gerd Muller’s record by scoring his 40th Bundesliga goal of the season on Saturday.

The Polish striker reached the milestone by scoring from the penalty spot in the 26th minute of their 2-2 draw with Freiburg.

The Bayern Munich staff and players were quick to congratulate Lewandowski and even provided him with a guard of honour at the side of the pitch. 

Robert Lewandowski matches Gerd Muller’s record with 40th Bundesliga goal of the season

Lewandowski matched Muller record with 40th Bundesliga goal of the season for Bayern

Muller set the record in the 1971-1972 season, after scoring a total of 40 goals in one campaign. 

Having scored against Freiburg to equal the record, Lewandowski’s team-mates made a guard-of-honour at the side of the pitch and cheered when the 32-year-old ran through. 

The Poland international will look to continue his fine form and go on to not only equal, but break more of Muller’s records. 

He can set a new best for Bundesliga goals in a season if he hits a 41st goal in Bayern’s final game of he the campaign at home to Augsburg next Saturday.

Lewandowski’s is currently second on the all-time Bundesliga goalscorers list with 276 goals – 89 behind Muller’s record of 365. 

Robert Lewandowski matches Gerd Muller’s record with 40th Bundesliga goal of the season

He reached the milestone after scoring from the penalty spot in the 26th minute of the game

Robert Lewandowski matches Gerd Muller’s record with 40th Bundesliga goal of the season

His team-mates created a guard of honour at the side of the pitch to celebrate with him

Lewandowski’s contribution to Bayern Munich’s treble-winning 2019-2020 season was recognised by FIFA. 

As a result, he was awarded the Best Men’s Player award for 2020 in December ahead of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. 

He also helped Bayern claim the Bundesliga title for a ninth straight season and provided a hat-trick against Borussia Monchengladbach to confirm their status as champions.

Although Bayern failed to defend their Champions League crown this year after crashing out of the competition at the hands of PSG, Lewandowski will be eager to rewrite history next season. 

Bayern will also have a new manager, Julian Nagelsmann, at the helm as they look to restore their European success.     

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