- 26 goals with your foot – more than any other Bundesliga player.
He headed the ball eight times – more than any other player.
No player converted more penalties than the Pole (five).
There is hardly any relevant goal scoring statistics that Lewandowski does not lead. He scored goals in every way imaginable. He put the ball with the hoe in the net and lipped over the goalkeeper. Against Schalke, he even circled a free kick from 25 meters into the left goal corner.
There is no facet of the striker game that the Pole does not master. Over the course of his career, he gradually added strengths to his game. He has never been able to call on these strengths as well as this season. There was one reason why he set his own goal record at the age of 31: his improved exploitation of opportunities.
Jürgen Klopp’s husband for the rough
Lewandowski’s Bundesliga career began exactly ten years ago. Borussia Dortmund had signed him from the Polish club Lech Posen. Almost forgotten today is the fact that Lewandowski started at BVB in the tens: behind Sturmspitze Lucas Barrios he was the man for the rough. His coach Jürgen Klopp appreciated his irrepressible enthusiasm, especially in the game against the ball Lewandowski was not too far. It was a perfect match for Klopp’s full throttle football with high pressing and aggressive counterpressing.
The opponent never knows what he is doing
Lewandowski’s constant urge to develop made him one of the most complete strikers in the world. In the past ten years he has developed in all areas of football: he has become physically stronger, technically better, his sense of space in the penalty area is almost perfect.
Exemplary for his tactical and technical class is his 1-0 goal against Werder Bremen, which brought Bayern the championship title. Lewandowski stole away at the right moment and sprinted behind the defense without running offside. He laid the half-high flank of Jérôme Boateng in front of his chest so that he could close it off with the second contact. A feast for the eyes.
It is noticeable that Lewandowski shoots the goal less often with force, but more often with finesse. Just before he finishes, he looks up. He looks where the goalkeeper is. During the shot, the eyes are always on the ball – so that it hits the ball perfectly.
This season Lewandowski was finally able to free himself from the reputation of being an opportunity death. Especially in his first years in the Bundesliga, he missed out on some top-class opportunities. It is hard to imagine how many goals Lewandowski could have scored in his career if he had always been as safe as he is today.
Lewandowski ranks third in the list of Bundesliga top scorers with 236 goals. During the course of the season, he overtook his former coach Jupp Heynckes (220 goals) and Manfred Burgsmüller (213 goals). Lewandowski scored 34 goals in the coming season, he overtakes Klaus Fischer (268 goals) in second place. Only Gerd Müller (365 goals) seems unreachable for the Pole.
On the other hand: Lewandowski’s contract with FC Bayern runs until 2023, then he will be 34 years old. And so far he’s always got better.