Robert Lewandowski, who this Saturday scored his 41st goal in the Bundesliga, becoming the top scorer in a season, unites the illustrious legendary strikers who have records in the major European championships, starting with Lionel Messi in Spain.
The champion Bayern Munich said goodbye with a win, a win and a record for Lewandowski
– Messi’s 50 –
Lionel Messi’s fabulous 2011-2012 season in the league ended with the Argentine scoring 50 goals.
To add luster to his record, La Pulga finished ahead of his great rival, Cristiano Ronaldo, who finished with 46!
One day before the end of the season, Messi scored four goals against Espanyol (4-0).
– In France, Skoblar size 44 –
The scoring record in France in one season is 50 years old, achieved by the Croat from Marseille Josip Skoblar in the 1970-1971 academic year, with 44 goals and without shooting a single penalty.
The ‘Dalmatian Eagle’ knew how to do everything; scoring with the right, the left and with the head, forming a great duo with Sweden’s Roger Magnusson.
Champions that year, Marseille achieved the double in 1972 and Skoblar was the top scorer (30 goals), as in 1973 (26).
His record seems untouchable. The only one who has managed to come close was the Swedish Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored 38 goals for PSG in the 2015-2016 season.
– Higuain and Immobile, drawn at 36 –
Higuaín struck a big blow with 36 goals for Napoli in the 2015-2016 season, breaking a record of 65 years, achieved by the Swedish Gunnar Nordhal with Milan (35 in 1950).
In his great Italian year, ‘Pipita’ did not play two games in a row without scoring, achieving his high figure despite suffering a three-game suspension at the end of the season.
Last season Lazio international Ciro Immobile equaled this record, with a high proportion of penalties (14 of 36, to three only from Higuain).
Immobile was proclaimed top scorer in Serie A for the third time (after 2014 with Torino and 2018 with Lazio, tied with Mauro Icardi, then at Inter).
– ‘Dixie’ Dean, triplet king –
The most prolific goalscorer in a season of the English championship is Bill ‘Dixie’ Dean, with his spectacular mark of 60 goals in the 1927-1928 season with Everton, achieving eight hat-tricks.
This spectacular brand has greater value because the previous season he was close to dying in a motorcycle accident, undergoing major surgical operations to heal his skull and jaw fractures.
Dean returned to football -and motorcycles- four months later, with a metal prosthesis in his jaw, marking with his head, his specialty, since his return with the ‘Toffees’ subsidiary.
His statue watches over Goodison Park, the home of the Liverpool Blues.
In a Premier League with 38 games -and not 42- since 1995, the best record is held by Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) and his 32 goals in the 2017-2018 season.
-Lewandowski beats Müller-
Nearly 50 years later, Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski broke legend Gerd ‘Bomber’ Müller’s record of 41 Bundesliga goals with a last-minute strike in a 5-2 win over Augsburg on Saturday in the last day.
With this goal he surpassed the record of 40 goals that the ‘Bomber’ had since the 1971-1972 season, also with the Bayern Munich shirt.
In the best moment of his career, Lewandowski, FIFA’s best player in 2020, became the best scorer in the Bundesliga for the fourth year in a row.
He will also win the European Golden Shoe, for the best scorer on the continent, ahead of the eternal Lionel Messi (30 goals) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29).
His record this season is even more extraordinary because he only appeared in 29 games, due to injury, while Müller played all 34 in that 1971-1972 season.