The 31-year-old striker scored in the third minute of Bayern Munich’s 4-1 victory over FC Köln on Sunday, equaling a feat previously achieved only by great Gerd Muller, who also played for Bayern.
Lewandowski’s first shot was his 40th goal of the season by club and nation, making him the first male player to reach that mark in 2019/20.
The Polish, fourth in the all-time Bundesliga rankings, has ended up as the league’s top scorer in three of the past four seasons and is well on his way to gaining recognition in this campaign as he leads RB Leipzig Timo Werner with three goals.
In a humorous Twitter post in November, the attacker tweeted: “I have to confess … I’m addicted to goals.”
Lewandowski – who became the first player in history to score in the first 11 games of the Bundesliga at the start of the season – could beat Muller’s record 40 goals in one season, reached by the German in the 1971/72 season.
He could also become the first Bayern player to win the European gold shoe from Mueller in 1972.
Bayern’s victory ensured the reigning Bundesliga champion returned to the top of the table. In an exciting Bundesliga game, Bayern have a points advantage over Leipzig in second place.