The Poland international has enjoyed an absolutely remarkable year spearheading the Bayern Munich attack, notching a joint-record number of goals for the Bavarian giants
Coming into Bayern’s home game against Wolfsburg, the pre-match discourse centred around whether Lewandowski would better Ronaldo’s record with just one game to go.
Due to the Bundesliga enjoying a winter break over the bulk of the festive period, Lewandowski had one final chance to write his name into the history books before the season suspended action for Christmas.
Welcoming Wolfsburg to the Allianz Arena, Bayern were comfortably favourites and quickly showed why, with Thomas Muller putting the hosts in front after just seven minutes.
Two goals in quick succession from Dayot Upamecano and Leroy Sane just before the hour mark put the game beyond any doubt, but there were still question marks over whether Lewandowski could break the record.
In the end, the Poland international had to settle for equalling it, getting on the scoresheet just before the full-time whistle – marking his 69th goal of the calendar year.
While he hadn’t quite managed to topple Ronaldo’s feat from 2013, Lewandowski can take pride in ensuring his name sits alongside the Manchester United icon.
Lewandowski did actually break another record however, the strike was his 43rd league goal of 2021, setting a new record for the most goals scored within a single calendar year in the competition.
The striker’s form hardly comes as a surprise, football fans the world over called for Lewandowski to be handed the 2020 Ballon d’Or only for France Football to scrap last year’s edition in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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At this year’s ceremony, winner Lionel Messi relayed those sentiments during his acceptance speech, claiming: “You were the winner last year and France Football should give you the award. You deserve it, you should have it at home too.”
Despite the well-documented genius of Messi, there were plenty of cries for Lewandowski to win this year’s award as well, with German news outlet Bild claiming the Pole was cheated out of victory.
The very first game after the award snub, Lewandowski netted two past former side Borussia Dortmund, with Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann claiming taunts from the home faithful spurred him on.
“All of this rather spurred him on. He scored the significant goals and paid the fans back after all the Messi calls in the stadium.”