Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski has been presented with the 2021 European Golden Shoe.
With 41 goals in 29 Bundesliga appearances, Lewandowski comfortably outscored the likes of Lionel Messi (30) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29) in 2020/21.
The 33-year-old also broke the late Gerd Müller's 49-year single-season scoring record en route to claiming his sixth Bundesliga top scorer's cannon, but first Golden Shoe.
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“I’m very proud and happy," Lewandowski said upon receiving the prize. "In the season I scored the 41 goals there was one moment when I thought I couldn’t do it. And that was the period when I was injured. But then I just thought that I was so close to beating the record, that no matter how many games I get after I come back, I just have to be positive and believe that I can score 41 goals.”
Lewandowski's eye-watering contribution in front of goal was further confirmation of his standing as the best No.9 in world football.
The reigning UEFA and FIFA Best Player averaged 1.50 goals per 90 minutes over the course of Bayern's ninth-successive-title-winning season. He only failed to score in four of his 29 top-flight outings, and found the net more than once on 10 occasions.
"I never thought it would be possible for another striker to get close to Gerd Müller’s record," said Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn. "I’ve been proved wrong. And who’s to say that Robert won’t do it again? Who’s to say he won’t outdo himself? He’s capable of anything."
Lewandowski's 41-goal haul represents the highest in Europe since Ronaldo produced 48 strikes for Real Madrid in 2014/15.
RB Leipzig's Andre Silva, who last season scored a club-record 28 Bundesliga goals for Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund counterpart Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe (both 27 goals) complete the European Golden Shoe top five.
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