X marks the spot: Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski is the Bundesliga's outright leading foreign goalscorer. - © Deutsche Fussball Liga
X marks the spot: Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski is the Bundesliga's outright leading foreign goalscorer. - © Deutsche Fussball Liga

Robert Lewandowski: The record foreign scorer and Matchday 25's Man of the Matchday


Robert Lewandowski has vowed to keep on scoring after overtaking Claudio Pizarro as the Bundesliga's record non-German marksman with a brace in Bayern Munich's 6-0 drubbing of Wolfsburg.

Poland's Lewandowski has now netted 197 goals in 281 Bundesliga appearances since moving to Germany from Lech Poznan in 2010, with 123 of his record-breaking tally coming in the red of Bayern - the club he joined from title rivals Borussia Dortmund in summer 2014.

"I have to say I'm very, very proud to have achieved something like this," the 30-year-old Lewandowski told bundesliga.com after moving two ahead of former teammate Pizarro - currently of Werder Bremen - in the all-time foreign scoring stakes.

"I know Claudio's still playing, but I'm not done yet either, and I want to continue scoring goals."

Watch: Lewandowski reflects on his new Bundesliga record

Lewy and Bayern in title-winning form

Plundering goals is how LewanGOALski got his name, after all. This past week alone, the prolific No.9 has scored four times in two demonstrative Bayern wins: 5-1 at Borussia Mönchengladbach, and 6-0 at home to Wolfsburg.

The defending champions were some nine points behind Dortmund as recently as Matchday 15, but are now back on pole for the first time since September, thanks to their superior goal difference alone.

Take Lewy's recent splurge out of the occasion, and they'd be looking up, not down - with nine fixtures remaining, including the Matchday 28 showdown with BVB in Der Klassiker.

"I'm delighted to have scored against Wolfsburg," said Lewandowski, who has found the net an eye-watering 20 times in 17 Bundesliga meetings with the Wolves.

"We played really well. I'm really happy with how things are going right now."

"Damn, we're good!" Lewandowski (l.) and his Bayern teammates are hitting form at just the right time. - Sebastian Widmann/Bongarts/Getty Images

Another decade of Lewandowski goals?

The scourge of Wolfsburg, Lewandowski also has a pretty enviable strike ratio in fixtures with Bayern's upcoming opponents Mainz (a) and Freiburg (a): 13 in 13 and 12 in 13 respectively.

Based on those figures alone, he is highly likely to have broken the 200-goal barrier by the time Bayern return from the March international break to host Dortmund on 6 April.

And how about this for a thought? Pizarro is still playing - and scoring - at 40. Lewandowski - a player who has averaged 30 goals a season and sat out just 11 Bundesliga matches in his time at Bayern - will only be 31 when he celebrates his next birthday in August.

And who, apart from opposition defences, doesn't want to see another 10 years of Legendowski magic? No one!

Watch: Robert Lewandowski's rise to goalscoring greatness

Bundesliga's top 10 non-German scorers

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1) Robert Lewandowski (197 goals, 281 appearances)
2) Claudio Pizarro (195 goals, 466 apps)
3) Giovane Elber (171 goals, 260 apps)
4) Vedad Ibisevic (119 goals, 309 apps)
5) Ailton (106 goals, 219 apps)
6) Stephane Chapuisat (106 goals, 228 apps)
7) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (98 goals, 144 apps)
8) Arjen Robben (98 goals, 198 apps)
9) Bum-Kun Cha (98 goals, 308 apps)
10) Anthony Yeboah (96 goals, 223 apps)