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Where does free-scoring Robert Lewandowski rank in the chart of Bayern Munich's greatest ever goalscorers? - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA
Where does free-scoring Robert Lewandowski rank in the chart of Bayern Munich's greatest ever goalscorers? - © © DFL DEUTSCHE FUSSBALL LIGA

Robert Lewandowski, Gerd and Thomas Müller, and Bayern Munich’s greatest ever goalscorers


Robert Lewandowski is preparing to make his 200th competitive appearance in a Bayern Munich shirt this weekend, when the record champions host Bayer Leverkusen.

At this latest milestone in the Pole's prolific career, bundesliga.com takes a look at where the free-scoring Poland captain ranks in the pantheon of great Bayern goalgetters…

10.Jürgen Klinsmann

There was a Bundesliga title to show for "Klinsi" from two seasons at Bayern (1995-97) in which time the striker - most recently the USA coach - grabbed 31 goals in 65 appearances.

9.Miroslav Klose

Like Pizarro, Polish-born Klose made his name at Bremen, but then employed his considerable powers to devastating effect at Bayern. Though not the most prolific name on the list — 24 goals in 98 Bundesliga appearances for FCB — the FIFA World Cup winner's tireless harrying of opposition defences was integral to a brace of domestic doubles during his four-year stint at the Allianz Arena.

Watch: Thanks for the memories, Miro!

8. Giovane Elber

After making his name at Stuttgart, the Brazilian's partnership with Carsten Jancker proved to be a thorn in the side of the rest of the league after he moved to Bayern in 1997. Four top-flight titles and a Champions League win followed in the next six years, and he claimed the 2002/03 Torjägerkanone.

7.Mario Gomez

Often decried, but outrageously prolific, Gomez netted 75 times in just 115 Bundesliga games for the record champions, spawning a double (2009/10) and an unprecedented treble (2012/13) for the club, and he's still finding the net on a regular basis with VfB Stuttgart.

6.Luca Toni

Top scorer and a double winner in his first season at Bayern, the Italian's 24-goal haul of 2007/08 included a 'perfect' hat-trick against Hannover.

Watch: Luca Toni's Top 5 Bundesliga goals!

5.Claudio Pizarro

The Peruvian is the Bundesliga's all-time leading foreign-born scorer, and 87 of those goals came during two spells with Bayern in which he contributed to no fewer than six Bundesliga titles. Pizarro, who is still banging in the goals for Werder Bremen and recently extended his career for another season with the northerners, also won the treble of Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League with FCB in the 2012/13 season.

Watch: Claudio Pizarro's best goals against Bayern and Bremen

4.Thomas Müller

Nothing says 'Bayern' like 'Müller'. Gerd was yesterday's icon, Thomas is today's. The 29-year-old — yes, still only 29 — has already passed 400 competitive games for the club and has netted 106 times and counting in the Bundesliga. If that's not enough for you, he has more than a century of assists too, underpinning his claim to be one of Bayern's all-time greats.

Watch: Thomas Müller, brilliant with and even without the ball

3. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Now a deft mover in the boardroom, the former Ballon d'Or winner - back-to-back, if you please - was also smart on his feet on the pitch, scoring 162 goals and playing a central role in successive Bundesliga titles (1979-81). Only Gerd Müller has scored more goals for the Bavarians than "Kalle".

2. Robert Lewandowski

In his 199 appearances for Bayern to date, the Polish striker has shattered record after record, taking him to his current tally of 157 goals in all competitions. Combined with his 103 for Borussia Dortmund, he has already found the back of the net a startling 260 times in German football, and 182 times in the Bundesliga – 108 for Bayern. That has him tied sixth on the all-time list of top scorers in the history of the Bundesliga, together with former Leverkusen great Ulf Kirsten, while he is now just 10 goals shy of the league's most prolific foreign goalscorer Claudio Pizarro.

Lewy actually chalked up his half-century faster than Der Bomber, while he is just a hat-trick short of levelling Dieter Brenninger as Bayern's fifth most prolific league goalscorer, having already edged two goals clear of teammate Thomas Müller's 106 with his two goals in as many games so far this season.

Watch All of Lewandowski's 2017/18 goals

1.Gerd Müller

The exacting demands of modern-day football mean Lewandowski is unlikely to better Müller's 365 goals in 427 Bundesliga games for Bayern. A penalty box predator par excellence, Der Bomber netted an incredible haul of 40 in the 1971/72 season - still a league record - and was named 'Most Valuable Player in Bundesliga History' by the DFL in 2003. "Without him, we'd still be getting changed in a wooden cabin," said former team-mate Franz Beckenbauer to put Müller's contribution in turning FCB into a football powerhouse into context. That says it all.

Watch: bundesliga.com's tribute to Gerd Müller on his 70th birthday

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