Bayern's Lewandowski voted April Player of the Month!


Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski has been voted April Player of the Month after inspiring his side to the Bundesliga title once again.

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The winner

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Lewandowski has made the extraordinary look ordinary so frequently that it is easy to forget just how good he is. The Polish hitman struck seven times in five league games in April, leaping to the top of the goalscoring chart on 28 goals.

He started with a hat-trick at home to Augsburg, before hitting a brace in a 4-1 Klassiker triumph over Borussia Dortmund and finishing the month off with two more in a 6-0 over Wolfsburg, a result that handed the Bavarians their fifth Bundesliga crown in succession.

Watch: Lewandowski's hat-trick against Augsburg on Matchday 26

Top Facts

    This is currently Lewandowski's second-most prolific season ever (he scored 30 in 2015/16).Has netted 18 with his right foot, nine with his left and one with his head.Is now 15th in the Bundesliga's all-time scoring chart on 149 goals.

The candidates

Naby Keita (RB Leipzig)

Keita underlined his soaring reputation in April, scoring four times as Leipzig went unbeaten throughout the month, winning four and drawing two. Indeed, that run was enough to book the top-flight newcomers' place in the UEFA Champions League next season.

The 21-year-old midfielder's presence is not only felt in attack, however; his passes invariably find a team-mate and he is also adept at breaking up opposition attacks as he tirelessly patrols the entirety of the pitch.

Watch: Keita's brace in Leipzig's 4-0 thrashing of Darmstadt on Matchday 26

Top facts

    Keita has scored eight goals in his debut Bundesliga season.The Guinea international also has seven assists so far in 2016/17.He averages 10.48 kilometres per game.

Max Kruse(Werder Bremen)

Kruse's form over the past few weeks can be summed up in one word: breathtaking. The 29-year-old forward scored in all but one of Bremen's six matches in April, helping them extend their unbeaten run to 11 games.

The Germany international found the net eight times in total – including putting four past Ingolstadt on Matchday 30 - lifting his overall tally to 14 for the season. Those goals have propelled Bremen from 12th in the table at the start of April into sixth – their highest placing all term – giving them real hope of participating in the UEFA Europa League in 2017/18.

Watch: Kruse's four-goal haul against Ingolstadt on Matchday 30

Top Facts

    Kruse has 14 goals and five assists in 2016/17.Has scored all but four with his left foot.Lewandowski is the only player to have scored as many goals as Kruse in the second half of the season (12).

Andrej Kramaric(Hoffenheim)

While Hoffenheim's achievement in sealing a top-four berth this season is undoubtedly the result of a collective team effort, Kramaric's contribution cannot be underestimated.

The 25-year-old began the month has he meant to go on, scoring the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich on Matchday 27 and finishing April as Hoffenheim's top scorer on 12 goals. He will surely relish the prospect of testing his mettle in Europe next season.

Watch: Kramaric's stunner to down Bayern on Matchday 27

Top Facts

    In addition to his goals, Kramaric has eight Bundesliga assists in 2016/17.Has taken, and converted, four penalties this season.Has featured in every Bundesliga game this term.

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