Robert Lewandowski has become the quickest player in Bayern Munich’s history to reach 50 Bundesliga goals.
Lewandowski, 28, scored a hat trick Bayern’s 6-0 demolition of Werder Bremen in their opening game of the league campaign to reach the half-century mark.
The Poland international now has 50 goals in only 64 league appearances for the Bavarian side, reaching the milestone quicker than Roy Makaay (67 games), Mario Gomez (71) and Gerd Muller (83).
His form has led Mats Hummels, a teammate at Borussia Dortmund and now Bayern to call him “the best striker in the world.”
Hummels said: “Robert came up with some amazing performances for us at Dortmund. He’s the best striker in the world.”
Neuer echoed those comments, adding: “He’s a real weapon and a killer in the penalty box.”
Lewandowski, who has only missed three league games in the past two campaigns, was top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 30 goals, including five in a nine-minute spell as a substitute against Wolfsburg.
However, he played down his exploits in the season-opener, saying “everyone expects me to score goals.”