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Robert Lewandowski broke Gerd Muller's nearly 50 year old Bundesliga record by scoring his 41st goal of the season on Saturday.
The Bayern Munich striker scored last week against Freiburg to bring up his 40th goal of the league season and equal the record.
He had one game left of the season, against Augsburg, to break the record and he left it to the last minute of the last day to usurp Muller.
The Polish striker was the quickest to react to the goalkeeper's save, from Leroy Sane's shot, and he shot into a virtually empty net in the 90th minute.
He's done it!! 41 GOALS!- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 22, 2021
Robert Lewandowski breaks Gerd Müller's all-time Bundesliga goal tally for a single season! :soccer:
Record-breaker. History maker. Legend. pic.twitter.com/61YqpTbJoP
IN THE 90TH MINUTE!- :trophy:CHAMPIONS:trophy: (@FCBayernEN) May 22, 2021
With the final kick of the season.- :trophy:CHAMPIONS:trophy: (@FCBayernEN) May 22, 2021
Forty-one Bundesliga goals.
You cannot write a better script. pic.twitter.com/ZFS5V2R1pt
The record, which has stood since legendary striker Muller scored 40 goals for Bayern in the 1970-71 season, rounds off an amazing year for Lewandowski.
The former Borussia Dortmund striker led Bayern to an incredible treble last season, winning the Bundesliga, DFB Pokal, Champions League triple.
There was outrage when the Ballon d'Or was cancelled, with fans and pundits alike believing he'd been cheated out of the prize, but he did become the FIFA Best Player of the Year winner.
He has scored in ten games in-a-row to break the record, a run that has actually seen him score a ridiculous 17 goals, including three hat-tricks.
The three goals against Borussia Monchengladbach earlier this month put him in the position to beat Muller but on Saturday it looked like it might be a step too far for him.
Bayern took the lead after nine minutes, through an own goal, before Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Kingsley Coman made it 4-0 before half time for the rampant champions.
They took their foot off the gas after half time as the visitors scored in the 67th and 71st to make it 4-2.
With time running out it looked like Muller's record would last another year at least but, as is often the case, Lewandowski timed it perfectly.