Robert Lewandowski's Matchday 16 strike against Cologne was his 166th in the Bundesliga and lifted him into the German top-flight's all-time top 10. It took the Bayern Munich forward level with Cologne legend Hannes Löhr in tenth, cementing the former Borussia Dortmund striker's place among the Bundesliga's true goalscoring greats.
bundesliga.com casts its expert eye over the most successful penalty-box poachers since the league's inception in 1963 and ponders where Bayern's prolific Pole ranks among the best in the net-busting business...
Watch: Lewandowski and Heynckes reflect on the striker's landmark
1) Gerd Müller 365 goals/427 games
If Gerd Müller had been a boxer, he would have been the undisputed heavyweight champion. Not that he has the physique for it, but his ability to deliver the telling, knockout blow remains unsurpassed. It probably never will be. Why? There are 365 reasons why, 145 more than his closest rival, and a whole lot scored at a physics-defying ratio. The defence rests, unlike those who tried to stop 'Der Bomber'. Seven times the Bundesliga's top scorer, and with 40 goals in the 1971/72 season — another record that will stand the test of time…need we go on? No, thought not.
Watch: bundsliga.com paid tribute to Müller on his 70th birthday
2) Jupp Heynckes 220 goals/369 games
Yes, before he jumped into the dug-out to mastermind Bundesliga title wins and UEFA Champions League triumphs at Bayern and Real Madrid, Heynckes was a player. And not just any player. Had Müller not existed, Heynckes — then at Bayern's great rivals of the 1970s, Borussia Mönchengladbach — would have been Germany's front-line forward of the decade. He still managed to pip his great rival to the top scorer's crown in 1973/74 and the following season though, and has the second-best goals-to-games ratio of all-time.
3) Robert Lewandowski 166 goals/242 games
Averaging more than a goal every other game, the prolific Pole fully deserves his place on the podium of the all-time Bundesliga greats. Twice the top-flight's leading scorer, the Bayern striker became the first foreign-born player to reach 30 goals for a season in 2015/16. Remarkably consistent, rarely injured, at 29, the former Dortmund man is at the peak of his powers and — as his Europe-best 16 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying goals showed — he can produce on the domestic and international stage for club and country.
Watch: Relive Lewandowski's incredible five goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in September 2015!
4) Klaus Fischer 268 goals/535 games
Not as well known internationally as the three men ahead of him, but Fischer can hold his own in such company. Only Müller has more Bundesliga goals to his name than the striker who helped both Schalke (twice) and Cologne finish second in the top flight. Also a runner-up at the 1982 FIFA World Cup, he never won the Bundesliga title himself, but his tally of 29 strikes earned him the Torjägerkanone of 1975/76.
5) Claudio Pizarro 191 goals/433 games
The Peruvian's journey from Werder Bremen to Bayern and back allowed him to rack up the most goals of any foreign-born player in Bundesliga history. He collected a weighty stash of winner's medals along the way, including six top-flight triumphs and a UEFA Champions League gong. Still going at 39, he could yet add to his unprecedented total at Cologne.
Watch: Every single one of Pizarro's goals for Bremen against Bayern, and vice versa!
6) Manfred Burgsmüller 213 goals/447 games
The fact he is fourth in terms of Bundesliga goals outright only gives a hint at the remarkable career — and post-career — Burgsmüller enjoyed. His 135 goals in 224 league matches for Dortmund are a club record, and were by no means a one-off: between 1974 and when he hung up his boots at Bremen in 1990, he was always among the top ten leading scorers in the Bundesliga. He then put his ability to strike a ball sweetly to good use as the kicker of Düsseldorf-based American football team Rhein Fire between 1996 and 2002 making him — when he quit at 52 — the oldest-ever professional American footballer.
7) Mario Gomez 154 goals/278 games
The three Bundesliga titles he has won, one at VfB Stuttgart and two with Bayern, were largely fuelled by Gomez's goals. At times criticised for the ones he misses rather than those he puts away at an incredibly prolific rate, the Wolfsburg striker's finely tuned penalty box instincts remain intact at 32 and are likely to earn him a place at next summer's 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.
Watch: Gomez's Top 10 Wolfsburg goals!
8) Dieter Müller 177 goals/303 games
The 1970s Bundesliga was awash with razor-toothed sharpshooters, and Müller was one of the most feared. Though he does not share any biological links with his Bayern namesake and peer, the pair were identical when it came to putting the ball in the back of the net as Cologne fans gleefully found out as he spearheaded their 1977/78 double triumph. Bremen fans were less happy when he scored six goals against them in a devastating 7-2 win in 1977/78, still a Bundesliga record.
9) Ulf Kirsten 182 goals/350 games
The diminutive, stocky East Germany-born striker was often compared to Müller for his build, but it was not only their physique that they had in common. Almost uniquely, Kirsten started plundering goals on one side of the Iron Curtain with Dynamo Dresden, and then continued after the Berlin Wall fell with Bayer Leverkusen, where his 182 top-flight goals place him sixth all-time. Despite never lifting the Bundesliga Meisterschale, Kirsten did finish as the league’s top scorer on no fewer than three occasions.
10) Uwe Seeler 137 goals/239 games
A bronze cast of his right foot stands in the shadow of the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, the only club of Seeler's career if you discount a bizarre swansong with Cork Celtic. That honour is a fitting tribute to the man who was the Bundesliga's maiden Torjägerkanone with 30 goals in 1963/64.