Lewandowski: "It would mean a lot to break Gerd Müller's goals record"
Gerd Müller's record for goals scored in one season is in sight for Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski, who is remaining calm about the challenge.
Robert Lewandowski revealed it would mean a lot to him if he were to break Gerd Müller's long-standing record for most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season.
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The Poland striker has registered 32 goals from 25 games in Germany's top flight this season, meaning he needs nine more to overhaul the benchmark of 40 set by fellow Bayern Munich legend Müller in the 1971-72 season.
Last season, Lewandowski netted in his opening 11 league matches but ultimately fell six shy of Müller's tally, even though his form propelled Bayern to a Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League treble and helped him to win the best men's player at the Best FIFA Football Awards.
Asked by Sport Bild what it would mean to break the record, Lewandowski replied: "A lot. [But the target of] this unique club legend is far away, I don't want to worry too much. [If I get] one or two goals behind the 40 goals topic would be intense in my head. It would fill me with incredible pride. But Gerd Müller will always be Gerd Müller – [he is] unmatched. I might have a bit of mental stress: reaching this mark after almost 50 years would mean a lot to me."
Lewandowski's 32 league goals this season is far clear of the 19 scored by Erling Haaland and André Silva, who are next on the list. The Poland striker also tops the rankings for shots on target (51) and 'big chances' scored (23), while his goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over Werder Bremen was his 268th in the Bundesliga moving him joint-second on the all-time list with Klaus Fischer.
268 - @lewy_official (@FCBayernEN) scores his 268th Bundesliga-goal drawing level with Klaus Fischer – only Gerd Müller has scored more goals in Bundesliga history. Hunt. #SVWFCB pic.twitter.com/BVhuPjCo5b— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) March 13, 2021
While today's young strikers look up to Lewandowski, the 32-year-old said Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero and Thierry Henry were among those he looked up to when trying to hone his talents. "When I was six years old, there was only one idol for me: Roberto Baggio," he added. "Alessandro Del Piero later became my role model in football, and I admired him. However, I was not yet able to judge exactly what characterises his style of play, I was just too young for that. It later became Arsenal legend Thierry Henry. His movements, the runs in depth, the finishes – as a young footballer these were the qualities I wanted to have. I wanted to imitate everything Henry did."
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