Robert Lewandowski was feeling “very proud” of himself after reaching the 200-goal mark in the Bundesliga as Bayern Munich thrashed Borussia Dortmund 5-0.
The Polish striker has been a force to be reckoned with in Germany following his arrival in 2010, where Dortmund forked out €4.5m to sign him from Lech Poznan.
Lewandowski went on to fire in 102 goals in 186 matches during a four-year stay at Signal Iduna Park as he quickly earned himself a reputation as one of the Bundesliga’s most dangerous strikers.
Bayern were quick to pinch him from Dortmund in the summer of 2014 on a free transfer. Since then, Lewandowski’s profile has only grown as he’s now widely regarded as one of the most lethal forwards in European football.
The Poland international has even hit the 40-plus goal mark at Bayern for the past three seasons and appears on course to do so once more this season after finding the back of the net 35 times.
Less than a month upon becoming the Bundesliga’s record-foreign scorer, however, Lewandowski reached a new scoring landmark on Saturday evening by taking his tally up to 200 league goals by hitting a brace.
The 30-year-old is in fifth-place in the Bundesliga’s all-time scorer’s list behind Gerd Muller (365 goals), Klaus Fischer (268), Jupp Heynckes (220) and Manfred Burgsmüller (213).
“It means a lot to me. I never thought I could score so many goals in the Bundesliga,” said Lewandowski on the club website.
“I’m very proud to be part of this club of five players. It’s not so far away, I can probably make it.”
More impressively is the fact that only Muller reached the 200-goal mark in fewer games than Lewandowski (see below).
Mats Hummels, Serge Gnabry and Javi Martinez were the other scorers during Bayern’s 5-0 demolition of Dortmund in Saturday’s Der Klassiker.
The result put Niko Kovac’s side back into the lead in the Bundesliga standings by one point from Dortmund.
“We won today, but we’re only one point ahead of Dortmund. We’ll clinch the title if we win all our matches,” said Lewandowski.
Coming up for Bayern will be a trip to Fortuna Dusseldorf next weekend in the Bundesliga.
284 – Robert #Lewandowski has scored his 200th #Bundesliga goal in his 284th appearance in the competition – only Gerd #Müller has reached that milestone in fewer appearances (234). Lewangoalski. #FCBBVB @FCBayernEN pic.twitter.com/hdx6zNEens
— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) April 6, 2019