Lewandowski equals Ronaldo's record with 69th goal of calendar year

Robert Lewandowski equals Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring record in a calendar year as Bayern Munich striker nets his 69th goal of 2021 to set new Bundesliga milestone

  • Robert Lewandowski scored with three minutes left in 4-0 win over Wolfsburg
  • Poland international has scored 69 goals for Bayern Munich in 2021
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored 69 goals in 59 games for Real Madrid in 2013
  • Lewandowski scored a record 42 goals Bundesliga goals in this calendar year

Robert Lewandowski scored his 69th goal of 2021 on Friday night to equal Cristiano Ronaldo’s career-high over a calendar year.

The Portuguese scored 69 goals in 59 games for Real Madrid in 2013, when he won the second of his five Ballon d’Or.

Lewandowski left it late to reach the milestone, scoring a trademark volley with just three minutes left in Bayern Munich’s 4-0 mauling of Wolfsburg.  

Robert Lewandowski equalled Cristiano Ronaldo’s career-best for goals in a calendar year

The goal was the Polish striker’s 42rd in the Bundesliga in 2021, one better than the late Gerd Muller’s record of 41, which had stood since 1972. 

The latter was a particularly prolific year for Muller, who scored 85 goals over 12 months. Forty-one of those goals came in the Bundesliga, the most anyone had managed in a single season until Lewandowski netted 42 times last term. 

Muller, who died aged 75 in August, scored 566 goals in 607 appearances in all competitions for Bayern over 15 seasons, while Lewandowski has so far scored 324 goals in 354 games for the Bundesliga giants.

The 33-year-old was the overwhelming favourite to win the Ballon d’Or last year, only for organisers to scrap the award because of the coronavirus pandemic and finished second to Lionel Messi earlier this month.

The Poland international scored Bayern Munich’s fourth goal in a 4-0 win over Wolfsburg

The goal was Lewandowski’s 69th in this calendar year, a new personal record

The Argentine, who holds the record for most goals in a calendar year with 91 in 2012, won the accolade for a record seventh time and paid tribute to the Poland international. 

‘Robert, you deserve your Ballon d’Or,” Messi said in his acceptance speech.

‘Last year, everyone was in agreement to say that you were the big winner of this award.’

Ronaldo scored 69 goals in 59 games for Real Madrid in 2013 and won a second Ballon d’Or

Lewandowski may have missed out on an individual accolade, but could add an eighth consecutive league title to his CV. 

With their win against Wolfsburg, Bayern opened up a nine-point lead over second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who have a game in hand, at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bayern are also heavy favourites to progress past RB Salzburg in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

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