- Lewandowski searching for third top-scorer's prize.
- Aubameyang leading the way in current campaign.
- Both setting goalscoring record after goalscoring record.
Not only do last season's top two meet this Saturday when Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München lock horns in Der Klassiker (kick-off 18:30CET/17:30GMT), the league's two most prolific goalscorers in recent years will take centre stage in a battle of the Bundesliga's best.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski know each other well. After all, they played together in the 2013/14 season at Dortmund, before their paths separated Lewandowski moved south to Munich.
Since then, the eagle-eyed duo have battled it out at a distance for the top-scorer's prize. Lewandowski came out on top in that regard last term, netting 30 goals to Aubameyang's 25. The latter has his nose in front this season, though, with 11 strikes – the same as 1. FC Köln's Anthony Modeste – and four more than his perennial rival.
Lewandowski will nevertheless not give up hope of making it a hat-trick of Torjägerkanonen, having won it once for Dortmund (2013/14) and repeating the feat in 2015/16 for Bayern. Of all players currently still in action, only three – Claudio Pizarro (190), Mario Gomez (141) and Stefan Kießling (140) – have scored more Bundesliga goals than the Pole, who is making up ground fast with 128 strikes to date, and in far fewer appearances.
Indeed, the 28-year-old needed just 64 games for his first half-century of goals in a Bayern shirt – a milestone he reached even quicker than the great Gerd Müller (83 games) – and his 30 last term were more than any other foreign goalscorer in a single campaign, one more than Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's 2011/12 haul. His historic quick-fire quintet against VfL Wolfsburg in September 2015, all coming between the 51st and 60th minutes, also put him firmly in football's annals.
Aubameyang may not have managed five in a single game yet, but he did net four on his last outing – the first four-goal haul by a Dortmund player since current club sporting director Michael Zorc in 1988. The Gabon international has also set a few records of his own, becoming Dortmund's most successful foreign goalscorer in a season – dislodging Lewandowski in that ranking – when he netted 25 last term.
Africa's Footballer of the Year for 2015 scored 59 in his first 100 Bundesliga appearances – four more than Lewandowski in the same period and he also became the first player to hit the target in each of the first eight games of a season last year.
This Saturday, the irrepressible forces will clash at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK with Aubameyang arguably in finer fettle than his guest. He has needed just 31 shots for his 11 goals this season, whereas Lewandowski has taken aim 13 times more, but scored four fewer.
With a goal every 122 minutes, Aubameyang can be expected to score 12 minutes before Lewandowski. However, the Pole does hold the upper hand in Der Klassiker, with four goals to Aubameyang's one – something the BVB frontman will be keen to amend this Saturday when two of the world's most prolific marksmen take to the same field,.