Lewandowski broke Müller's Bundesliga goal record after opening the scoring for Bayern against Freiburg

Lewandowski broke Müller's Bundesliga goal record after opening the scoring for Bayern against Freiburg

Robert Lewandowski beat a long-standing Bundesliga goals record set by Gerd Muller by opening the scoring for Bayern Munich against Freiburg on Sunday.Lewandowski played a key role in Bayern's run to the treble last season, firing 55 goals in 47 games across all competitions.Of those efforts, 34 were recorded in the German top flight, with the 32-year-old narrowly missing out on the European Golden Shoe by one goal behind Lazio's Ciro Immobile.

Poland International is at the forefront of the race for that award through the 2020-21 campaign, however, having once again been the driving force behind Bayern's bid to maintain its domestic dominance.

Lewandowski took 21 of his goals after producing a seven-minute trademark finish in Bayern's clash with Freiburg, who are currently 10 points behind from Hansi Flick's side in the standings.

The veteran center-forward surpassed Muller's mark of 20 goals in the first half of the same German top-flight season with his strike in the 16th match - a record the World Cup winner held for 42 years.

Another match day, another Lewandowski record ... w @lewy_official
The Bundesliga is the first player in history to score 21 goals after just 16 games - a new Hinnersday record after beating Gerd Muller's 20 goals from the 1968/69 record

Lewandowski long ago secured a spot in the club's Hall of Fame with the Bayern legend, but he is now making a case for being remembered as the greatest striker of his generation.

He won FIFA's Best Male Player Award for 2020 after another outstanding year in Germany, and would certainly be for more personal acclaim if he continues on his current trajectory.

The former Borussia Dortmund striker was also touted as a potential Ballon d'Or winner before the latest ceremony was called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, which robbed him of the chance to end Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's stranglehold over the annual prize.

The Barcelona captain has won the Ballon d'Or six times while the Juventus frontman has won five, but  Lewandowski admitted he feels like he has reached the same level as the pair during an interview with France Football in December.

If you take the numbers for this year and even previous ones, I think Im pretty good in terms of performance and goals scored, he said.Failing to be at the same table as Messi and Ronaldo, I think I can invite them to eat at mine!