Berlin (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski netted his 30th Bundesliga goal of the season on Saturday to finish as the league’s top-scorer for the second time having sent four records tumbling last September.
The Poland hot-shot reached the 30-goal landmark in giving Bayern Munich an early lead at the Allianz Arena as they beat relegated Hanover 3-1 on Pep Guardiola’s swansong as head coach.
The result meant Bayern finished ten points clear in Germany’s top flight as they became the first club to win the Bundesliga titles four times in a row.
Lewandowski’s tally saw him finish five goals clear of nearest rival Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who scored 25 league goals for second-placed Borussia Dortmund.
Lewandowski, who will lead Poland at Euro 2016 in France next month, is the first foreign striker to score 30 goals in the German league.
It is also the first time a player has reached the magic mark since Cologne’s Dieter Mueller scored 30 in the 1976/77 season.
Lewandowski receives the Bundesliga’s Golden Cannon for the second time in his career having scored 20 goals for Borussia Dortmund in the 2013/14 season.
The 27-year-old broke four Bundesliga records last September when he netted five times in just under nine second-half minutes last September in Bayern’s 5-1 rout of Wolfsburg.
It was the first time a player has scored five goals off the bench in Germany’s top flight, was the fastest hat-trick, the fastest four goals and was the fastest to five goals.
Ex-Manchester United striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez finished fourth, just behind Bayern’s Thomas Mueller, as he scored 17 goals in his first season at Bayer Leverkusen.
Peru striker Claudio Pizarro of Werder Bremen, who will be 38 in October, finished joint sixth, alongside Hertha Berlin’s Salomon Kalou, with 14 goals.
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