Robert Lewandowski became the first foreign-born member of an exclusive club of Bundesliga goalgetters with his 14th strike of the season for FC Bayern München on Saturday.
Only five men have previously scored as many goals as the Bayern striker in the first 12 games of a season, the last being Manfred Burgsmüller for Borussia Dortmund 35 years ago. Dieter Müller (14 goals in 1977/78), Erich Beer (14 goals in 1975/76) and Peter Meyer (16 goals in 1967/68) all achieved the feat, while the peerless Gerd Müller twice did it for Bayern (15 goals in 1976/77, 16 goals in 1972/73).
Lewandowski's first-half strike in the Matchday 12 4-0 defeat of VfB Stuttgart means that if Lewandowski can continue scoring at his current rate, Müller's record mark of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season, which has stood since the 1971/72 campaign, will be under threat.
"It's still much too early to think about that," Lewandowski told bundesliga.com at the Allianz Arena, before explaining how he retains his hunger for goals. "You have to go forward again in every game, you start from scratch. That's a thought that helps me a lot."
'I want to improve'
The 27-year-old's ruthlessness in front of goal has been a major factor behind Bayern's breathtaking start to the current Bundesliga campaign. Lewandowski insisted, however, that he measures his contribution to the team in wider terms than finding the back of the net.
"A lot of people only expect goals from me, but I also want to be a better player," said the former Dortmund and Lech Poznan striker, who has plundered a breathtaking 31 goals in 42 top-flight appearances for the record Bundesliga champions. "Goals are one thing, the other things are wins with Bayern and playing well."