At the end of last year, just after proclaiming himself the best European scorer of 2020 with 47 goals, Robert Lewandowski (Warsaw, 33 years old), was asked if he could make Griezmann’s statement his own, in which he claimed to feel capable of eating at the same table. of Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. The Pole, with the modesty that characterizes him, answered elegantly. “I think I could invite them now.” While that moment arrives, what he has managed is to sit at another table with a legendary diner, Gerd Müller (Nordlingen, 75 years old), currently suffering from Alzheimer’s and who for more than a year has been hospitalized in a clinic near Munich.
‘Lewa’ equaled one of the great Bundesliga records yesterday against Freiburg (2-2). A historical mark that the mythical Torpedo had maintained – two years earlier it had already scored 38 – since the 1971-72 season. Since then no one had been able to reach 40 goals. He has achieved it and in the last match, against Augsburg, he can overcome it. As soon as he transformed the penalty that allowed him to equal Müller yesterday, the game was interrupted and his teammates made him an improvised hall of honor as a tribute.
The Pole had long faced the challenge of reaching that magic number and in his seventh season at Bayern he has made it happen. Curiously, in the course in which he has played fewer games – first in which he does not reach thirty – because of the injury suffered with his team in March and that deprived him of playing the quarterfinals of the Champions League against PSG and four consecutive league games. Before he had rested on the sixth day.
In Germany, Gerd Müller’s record of 40 goals increased his prestige as the years passed. It was approaching four decades of validity and no one had been able to even come close. In fact, it had been Muller himself who had stayed closer, with the 36 points materialized the following year. Two were the applicants who later approached the most: Dieter Müller (Cologne, 76-77) and Lewandowski (19-20). Both with 34 points.
At the age of 26, the legendary Bavarian striker had already completed his seventh season at Bayern and played all 90 minutes of the 34 Championship rounds. In addition, he scored five goals in the Cup Winners’ Cup and another as many in the Cup to round out the fifty goals in a campaign in which Bayern, as now happens to Lewandowski, only won the Bundesliga.
Müller scored in 19 games. He made a shot of five (Oberhausen, 7-0); one of four (Borussia Dortmund, 11-1); four out of three; six doublets and the rest one by one. He was also counted 17 goals. Data confirming that he participated directly in more than half of his team’s goals in that Championship (101). In that 1972, as a calendar year, he made 85 goals in 60 games.
Robert’s path to reaching four tens has been different. He has scored in 23 of the 28 games he has played and his sequence is not so spectacular in certain games, but it is more regular and constant. His biggest hit were his four goals against Hertha on matchday two. Then he completed four duels with three goals and five with two. To his credit he also has seven goal passes.
It will be the sixth time in eight seasons that the Pole has been proclaimed top scorer in the Bundesliga. In his eleven courses (2011-2021) he has already added 276 goals in 349 games. An average of 25 goals, for Müller’s 26 on average in his 14 seasons at Bayern.