Rafal Gikiewicz saved six Robert Lewandowski shots before the Bayern hitman finally got his goal.
The Allianz Arena stood witness to yet another historic chapter in Bayern Munich’s rich history as Polish striker Robert Lewandowski found the back of the net against Augsburg to break a long-standing Bundesliga record. The Pole scored his 41st goal of the season, meaning that he had set a new record in Germany’s top flight for most goals scored in a single season. Lewandowski did, however, leave it very late, and fans were rife with expectation and success as they hoped to witness history. As always, Lewandowski stepped up and delivered to everyone’s satisfaction. The record-breaking goal was scored in stoppage time in Bayern’s last game of the 2020-21 season.
The previous holder of the record, Gerd Mueller, had scored 40 goals in the 1971-72 season for the same club. Fans of football went into a frenzy when Lewandowski slotted home a penalty against Freiburg to equal Mueller’s record.
The Polish striker seems to have reached new heights in the twilight years of his career and will undoubtedly be revered as one of the greatest strikers to ever grace the beautiful game. However, the overall goal-scoring record of Mueller still stands strong. The former West Germany striker scored 365 Bundesliga goals whereas Lewandowski has managed 277 until now. That being said, the Pole is one of the best in world football and will go down as a legend of the Bavarian club.
Bayern comfortably won the Bundesliga, finishing the season at 78 points from 34 matches. They sit atop the table, 12 points clear of second-placed RB Leipzig who have 66 points. They have presented sheer and utter dominance in their league, the likes of which even Paris Saint Germain or Juventus failed to match this season. One of the biggest reasons, if not the biggest, for this is Lewandowski. He has been putting in player-of-the-season performances year in year out for Bayern for multiple seasons now.
Gerd Mueller is currently getting treatment at a nursing home in the south of Munich for dementia and is unaware of his record being under threat. However, the 75-year-old’s wife Uschi Mueller said that he would have congratulated the Polish striker had he known. She said this before Lewandowski broke her husband’s goal-scoring record.