KEY POINTS

  • Lewandowski has matched Messi and Ronaldo in a special record
  • He bagged the record in Bayern's 2-0 win over Union Berlin
  • The win has kept Bayern on the top of the Bundesliga table

Robert Lewandowski has emulated Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in a special record with his goal during Bayern Munich’s 2-0 victory over Union Berlin.

It was Bayern’s first match since Bundesliga’s return post the two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic and the win has kept the reigning champions four points clear on the top of the table ahead of second-placed Borrusia Dortmund and six points in front of third-placed Borussia Monchengladbach.

Lewandowski, who was awarded a penalty just before the end of the first half, made no mistake and with that goal, he became only the third player after Messi and Ronaldo to score 40 goals in five consecutive seasons. Only the legendary Gerd Muller (524 goals) is above Lewandowski (230) in the all-time highest goal-scorers chart for Bayern.

Defender Benjamin Pavard found the back of the net in the 80th minute to seal a 2-0 victory for Bayern on Sunday at the An der Alten Forsterei Stadium.

Starting with the 2015-16 season, Lewandowski scored 42 goals for the German club across all competitions. His next four seasons have witnessed him score 43, 41, 40 and 40 goals respectively. His record for most goals in a single season has been 43, which he achieved during the 2017-17 season.

Bayern has at least 10 more games to go in the ongoing 2019-20 season, so one could expect Lewandowski to better his record for most goals in a single season. The 31-year-old, who played under Jurgen Klopp throughout his Dortmund career, made a name for himself at the Signal Iduna Park, scoring 74 goals in 131 league games and overall 103 goals in 187 matches across all tournaments. The striker’s four-goal performance in the Champions League against Real Madrid was perhaps his most noteworthy display in the Dortmund shirt.

After winning five trophies with Dortmund, Lewandowski moved to Bayern in 2014 when Pep Guardiola was in charge of the German Reds.  He managed to play 49 games in his debut season at Allianz Arena where he netted 25 goals.

ronaldo messi Sir Alex Ferguson chose Cristiano Ronaldo, left, over Lionel Messi, right, when discussing who's the better of the Ballon d'Or winners. Photo: Getty Images

While he has won everything in Germany, his decorated CV only eludes the Champions League victory. Due to Messi and Ronaldo, who share a record 11 Ballon d’Or awards between them, Lewandowski’s performances are usually overshadowed. However, in two of the last five years, Lewandowski has out-scored Ronaldo, including last season when his goals tally was 12 more than the Juventus forward.