Robert Lewandowski and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have Gerd Muller's record in their sights

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Gerd Muller is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalscorers of all time, having netted a staggering 398 goals for Bayern Munich.

The striker scored 68 goals in 62 games for Germany and was the nation's all-time leading scorer until Miroslav Klose broke his record at the 2014 World Cup.

'Der Bomber', as he was christened, scored 14 World Cup goals and sits third behind Klose (16) and Brazil's Ronaldo (15) in the all-time list. Until 2012, he held the record for most goals in a calendar year, having scored 85 in 1972, eclipsed by Barcelona's Lionel Messi.


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Now, however, it looks like another of the German legend's records could be under threat, namely his record for most goals in a Bundesliga season. The Bayern forward scored 40 goals in the 1971/72 season - a record many have deemed unbeatable.

Yet ten games into the new Bundesliga season and two strong contenders to beat Muller's record have emerged.

Bavarians striker Robert Lewandowski and Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been scoring for fun so far this campaign, so could this finally be the season when Muller's record is broken?


The Pole has firmly established himself as one of the world's top strikers and his performances so far have led many to declare him to be the best on the planet right now. He began the season by scoring in Bayern's 5-0 demolition of Hamburg on the opening day and followed that up with another during away victory over Hoffenheim.

The highlight of his season so far was undoubtedly his display against Wolfsburg. With Bayern trailing 1-0, Lewandowski scored five goals in nine second-half minutes to turn the game on it's head.

It was simply out of this world and if you tuned in for the second half, you'd be forgiven for thinking you were watching the highlights reel. Another two came in his next game to take his total for the week to seven goals.

The Poland international netted another brace as Bayern thumped Borussia Dortmund by five goals to one and then scored his 13th of the season in a resounding 4-0 defeat of FC Koln. Amazingly, Lewandowski is only four goals off his total for the entirety of the 2014/15 season.

Given his current form and the array of talent around him, Lewandowski looks a good bet to beat Muller's long-standing record. The 27-year-old's best total for a Bundesliga season is 24 goals for Dortmund in 2012/13 - he'll need to beat that by a near impossible seventeen if he's to surpass Der Bomber.


Aubameyang has been a big hit at Dortmund since Jurgen Klopp brought him to the club in 2013. The good times appear to have returned under Thomas Tuchel and the 26-year-old's scintillating start to the season has helped elevate the Westfalonstadion side to second in the Bundesliga.

The striker has scored in all but one of his side's ten league games so far. The pacey striker found the net in each of the opening three games - victories against Borussia Monchengladbach, Ingolstadt and Hertha BSC.

Aubameyang notched a brace as Dortmund beat Hannover 4-2 away from home in the first game of September and then scored in consecutive games against Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim. His second brace of the season came in a 2-2 home draw with Darmstadt.

The Gabon striker scored his side's only goal of the game as they were convincingly beaten 5-1 by rivals Bayern.

Last weekend, the in-form forward produced his best performance of the season so far, scoring a hat-trick as Dortmund thrashed Augsburg 2-1. This took Aubameyang's total for the season to 13 goals, the same as Lewandowski.

When you consider the striker only managed 16 goals in the whole of 2014/15, it shows how well he has started. The striker has never scored more than 20 goals in a league season but will be confident of going above and beyond that over the course of this campaign.

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