While success in football is rightly judged over the course of a season, sometimes you have to applaud a player's achievements over the course of a calendar year: Robert Lewandowski, for one, enjoyed a remarkable 2016 for club and country.
It was a memorable year for FC Bayern München forward Lewandowski on several fronts, and accordingly bundesliga.com has selected some of the stand-out records that the Polish striker broke...
- The 28-year-old scored 27 goals in 2016, more than any other Bundesliga player.Lewandowski's goals helped Bayern to a fourth straight Bundesliga title, a record.That title was the Pole's fourth in the Bundesliga (2010/11 and 2011/12 with Borussia Dortmund; 2014/15 and 2015/16 with FC Bayern).Lewandowski became the first non-German to be crowned Bundesliga top scorer with two different clubs (30 goals for Bayern in 2015/16; 20 goals for Dortmund in 2013/14).The first non-German to break the 30-goal barrier in a single season (2015/16) and the first player to achieve that feat since Dieter Müller scored 34 goals for 1. FC Köln in 1976/77.Captained Poland to the quarter-finals of UEFA EURO 2016, the furthest his nation had ever gone in a major tournament.
Watch: click on the video below to enjoy a full feature on Lewandowski's record-breaking feats: