Robert Lewandowski continues to set the bar, just as Gerd Müller did decades ago. - © Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
Robert Lewandowski continues to set the bar, just as Gerd Müller did decades ago. - © Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images
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Robert Lewandowski equals another Gerd Müller record with fifth 30+ goal season

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Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has equalled yet another Gerd Müller record by becoming only the second player in history to score 30 or more goals in five different seasons.

Lewandowski scored his 30th and 31st league goals of the current campaign with a brace against Union Berlin on Matchday 27 as Bayern romped to a 4-0 victory.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann described Lewandowski's performance as "outstandingly good", matching up his display with his remarkable, record-breaking output in front of goal.

The Poland captain has now passed the 30-goal mark in successive Bundesliga seasons and for the fifth time in his career, adding his 2021/22 haul to 30+ efforts in 2020/21 (41 goals), 2019/20 (31), 2016/17 (30) and 2015/16 (30).

Watch: Highlights as Bayern beat Union with a Lewy brace

The 33-year-old now moves level with late Bayern legend Müller on five 30+ single seasons, who bagged in bulk in 1968/69 (30), 1969/70 (38), 1971/72 (40), 1972/73 (36) and 1973/74 (30).

And just to further highlight the brilliance of those two, it should be noted that there are only five other players who have scored at least 30 goals in a Bundesliga season. They all did so only once each: Uwe Seeler (30 in 1963/64), Lothar Emmerich (31 in 1965/66), Jupp Heynckes (30 in 1973/74), Dieter Müller (34 in 1976/77) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (31 in 2016/17).

It is the latest decades-long Müller landmark that Lewandowski has been able to reach, further cementing his legacy alongside Der Bomber on the Mount Rushmore of Bundesliga strikers.

Lewandowski's 41-goal effort last term surpassed Müller's 49-year-old single season record of 40, while he also bettered his predecessor's 1972 record for most Bundesliga goals in a calendar year by hitting 43 across 2021.

With 31 goals to his name already in 2021/22, Lewandowski now has his sights set on breaking both of those records again, while also looking to lift a 10th Meisterschale and getting his hands on the UEFA Champions League trophy for the second time.