Robert Lewandowski has equalled the 49-year-old Bundesliga record of Gerd Muller for the most goals scored in a single season after scoring in Bayern Munich’s draw with SC Freiburg.
Lewandowski has now scored 40 goals in 28 league games in this campaign.
Muller averaged a goal every 76 minutes when he fixed the Bundesliga record in 1972, 49 years earlier. Lewandowski surpassed this record with an average of a goal every 58 minutes.
He has scored in 18 of his last 19 Bundesliga appearances.
The only team against which Lewandowski failed to score a goal was Hertha Berlin on 6 February.
Lewandowski celebrated the goal by removing his jersey to show a T-shirt underneath with Muller on it and the words “Forever Gerd”.
His team members then formed a guard of honour near the sideline while Lewandowski celebrated with his arms outstretched.
Robert Lewandowski is the only player to reach 40 goals in a single campaign in one of Europe’s top four leagues since Luis Suarez in 2015-16 for Barcelona.
Lewandowski’s goal came from the spot in the 26th minute to put Bayern Munich ahead before Manuel Gulde, SC Freiburg’s defender, equalised three minutes later.
Leroy Sane, Ex-Manchester City winger, restored Bayern’s lead in the second half. Lewandowski missed a big opportunity to break the record later in the game.
Bayern Munich was crowned champions of Germany for the ninth consecutive time after Lewandowski’s hat-trick helped them defeat Borussia Monchengladbach last week.
They have scored at least one goal in all their Bundesliga away games this season, fixing a new league record by scoring 35 consecutive matches on the road.
The Poland international can still break the record in the final game of the season against FC Augsburg on 22 May.