43 goals in 2021: Lewy with a record for the ages
He had to wait until just before the end of the game, but then he scored again with ice-cold precision! In the 87th minute against VfL Wolfsburg, Robert Lewandowski had a chance to write his name into the record books one more time - and Bayern's top scorer seized the opportunity with both hands. Dayot Upamecano played a long ball, Jamal Musiala crossed and Lewandowski acrobatically fired the ball superbly into the net to make it 4-0.
43 Bundesliga goals in 34 games!
It was the 33-year-old's 43rd Bundesliga goal this calendar year, in just 34 appearances. An outstanding number, never before achieved by a player in Germany's top flight. Legend Gerd Müller had scored 42 goals in 1972, the previous record. But the reigning The Best FIFA Men's Player has now even surpassed this long-standing mark. Even if you compare this on an international level, the outstanding strike rate is more than respectable. Cristiano Ronaldo once scored 43 league goals, in 2011, while Lionel Messi even managed to surpass this number in 2012, scoring 59 league goals. "I'm very proud of the whole year. For me, I went up another level. It was a turbulent year, with a lot of emotions," Lewandowski said, summing up the past 12 months.
"I was extremely happy. The goal was also very nice. Lewy played very well," said head coach Julian Nagelsmann, praising his goal-scorer, who now has 19 goals this season in the league, well clear of the pack in the race to be the league's top scorer. Lewandowski's dream goal was no coincidence, as the Pole proved in Thursday's final training session when he scored a carbon copy of the one in the Wolfsburg game.
Excitement ahead of next year
"Now I'm going to enjoy time with my family and friends. We can go into the new year with a good vibe," said Lewandowski, who will surely seek to try and break even more records in 2022. Bayern fans can almost certainly look forward to many more moments of our number nine celebrating a goal.
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