The spouse of Gerd Mueller says the previous Bayern Munich legend can be blissful to see Robert Lewandowski equal – however not break – his 49-year-old Bundesliga objective file with the Poland striker only one brief.
Lewandowski hit a hat-trick final Saturday as Bayern had been topped Bundesliga champions for the ninth season in a row earlier than their 6-0 thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach.
He’s now on 39 league objectives this season — tantalisingly near Mueller’s file of 40 scored within the 1971/72 Bundesliga season.
Lewandowski, 32, has two video games left to achieve Mueller’s milestone — away to mid-table Freiburg on Saturday and residential to Augsburg the weekend after on the ultimate day of the season.
Mueller, 75, is at present ill and affected by dementia.
Nonetheless, his spouse Uschi says the previous Bayern and West Germany star can be blissful for Lewandowski if his file is lastly matched.
Throughout his stellar profession, Mueller scored a complete of 365 objectives in 427 Bundesliga video games, however has been in a care dwelling since November 2015.
“Gerd can be blissful for him,” Uschi Mueller informed journal Sport Bild.
“He can be the primary to congratulate him.
“He was at all times stunned that somebody hadn’t caught up with him way back.
“I’m firmly satisfied that Lewandowski will do it. He has performed an amazing season, is a tough employee.”
Mueller, nicknamed ‘The Bomber’, scored his 40 objectives in 34 video games throughout an unimaginable season through which he claimed 4 Bundesliga hat-tricks, in addition to scoring 4 objectives in an 11-1 mauling of Borussia Dortmund and 5 objectives in a 7-0 drubbing of Oberhausen.
Lewandowski’s tally of 39 objectives is all of the extra outstanding as he has solely performed 27 of Bayern’s 32 league video games to this point this season.
His excellent hat-trick on Saturday was his fifth within the league this season, which incorporates the 4 objectives he netted for Bayern in a nervy 4-3 dwelling win in opposition to Hertha Berlin final October.
Lewandowski, voted FIFA’s finest male participant of 2020, is among the world’s prime strikers having scored 275 objectives in 348 Bundesliga matches for Bayern and former membership Dortmund.
Mueller’s spouse says comparisons between her husband and Lewandowski are pointless as they arrive from such totally different eras.
“You may’t examine the 2 in any respect. Robert is an athlete, Gerd was an artist,” added Uschi Mueller.
“He was like a rubber ball. Gerd at all times had two males virtually standing on his toes (marking him).
“That’s not possible with Lewandowski and his athletic construct.”
Nonetheless, Uschi Mueller additionally kindly requested that Lewandowski equal, not break, her husband’s file.
“As a spouse, I would fairly Gerd saved it,” she laughed.
“Expensive Robert Lewandowski, 40 objectives is sufficient.”