Robert Lewandowski has etched his name firmly in the Bundesliga history books during his time with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. - © Thomas Eisenhuth/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
Robert Lewandowski has etched his name firmly in the Bundesliga history books during his time with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. - © Thomas Eisenhuth/Bundesliga/Bundesliga Collection via Getty Images
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Robert Lewandowski: The Bayern Munich striker's Bundesliga record collection

Rarely does a matchday go by without Robert Lewandowski breaking a record for Bayern Munich, and the 2020/21 campaign proved no different for Europe's most elite No9.

bundesliga.com looks back on another incredible campaign from the 32-year-old.

163 – His strike in the 8-0 thrashing of Schalke on Matchday 1 took him to 163 goals for Bayern, moving him ahead of CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (162) and into second place in the club’s all-time top scorers list. Only Gerd Müller (365) has more.

27 – The striker’s brace in his first game against promoted side Arminia Bielefeld on Matchday 4 was the 27th club he has scored against in the Bundesliga.

10 – A hat-trick against Eintracht Frankfurt on Matchday 5 means that Lewandowski has reached double figures for a tenth successive season. Müller (13 seasons) and Manfred Burgsmüller (also ten) are the only players ever to have previously achieved such a feat.

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344 – On Matchday 24, the Poland captain moved level with Vedad Ibisevic into fifth place in the Bundesliga’s foreign-born appearance charts with his 344th top-flight outing. Only Levan Kobiashvili, Halil Altintop (each with 351), Naldo (358) and Claudio Pizarro (490) have made more.

268 – On Matchday 25, the Bayern No.9 scored his 268th Bundesliga goal, pulling him level with Klaus Fischer in the league’s all-time scorers ranking. However, Fischer needed 190 more games to reach the same milestone.

269 – A hat-trick against Stuttgart on Matchday 26 took Lewandowski ahead of Fischer outright, leaving Bayern icon Müller as the only player in history with more Bundesliga goals.

35 – That treble against Stuttgart saw his goal tally for the season climb to 35, setting a new personal best.

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39 – On Matchday 32, Lewandowski’s hat-trick against Borussia Mönchengladbach boosted his haul to 39. Only once has a player ever netted more in a single Bundesliga season: Müller’s record-setting return of 40 in 1971/72.

0.93 – With 204 goals in 218 Bundesliga outings for Bayern, Lewandowski has the best goals-per-game ratio (0.93) of anyone in history. Even the great Müller (0.85) cannot match that.

102 – Lewandowski also has a better overall minutes-per-goal ratio (102) than Müller did (105) in the Bundesliga. In 2020/21, he is scoring at a clip of one every 59 minutes.

4 – Although he is not yet officially the Bundesliga’s top scorer for 2020/21, it appears only to be a formality. Winning that particular honour for a fourth consecutive season has never been done before.

A four-time winner of the Torjägerkanone award for the league's top goalscorer, here's an overview of the records the Polish start striker already has to his name:

2020

  • Named Best FIFA Men's Player in the world
  • Sextuple winner (Bundesliga, DFB Cup, Champions League, DFL Supercup, UEFA Supercup, FIFA Club World Cup)
  • Top scorer in Bundesliga, DFB Cup and Champions League
  • Most goals across Europe's top five leagues (Bundesliga, Premier League, Serie A, Ligue 1, La Liga) - 32

2019

  • Most goals across Europe's top five leagues in 2019 - 25
  • Most goals for club and country of any player across Europe's top five leagues - 37

Bundesliga all-time

  • Most goals scored by a non-German player - 275
  • Most goals scored by a Polish player - 275 goals
  • Record Bundesliga games by a Polish player  - 348
  • Fastest hat-trick - 3 mins 22 seconds 
  • Fastest four-goal haul - 5 mins 42 seconds
  • Fastest five-goal haul - 8 mins 59 seconds
  • Most goals by a substitute - 5
  • Fastest foreigner to reach 100 goals (168 games)

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International

  • Most goals scored in a single UEFA EURO qualification campaign: UEFA EURO 2016 - 13
  • Most goals scored in a single FIFA World Cup qualification campaign: 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification - 16
  • Most hat-tricks scored in a single FIFA World Cup qualification campaign: 3 (2018 FIFA World Cup qualification)

Watch: Lewandowski's astonishing five-goal haul against Wolfsburg in 2015

Lewandowski has some way to go to overtake Müller as the top goalscorer in Bundesliga history, "Der Bomber" currently still way out in front on 365 goals. But consider this: the Pole is still just 32, is nearly always fit (he's missed just 19 of 236 possible league matches since signing for Bayern in 2014) and has many years left at the top.

Currently 90 goals behind Müller's bar-raising total of 365, if Lewandowski can keep going at his current rate that record will surely slide into view in the years to come. Given his insatiable appetite and enduring longevity, the odds are in Lewandowski's favour to conquer the ultimate Bundesliga peak.