Lewandowski, Messi, Shearer, Ronaldo: Who's scored the most goals in one league?

Lewandowski at Bayern

Robert Lewandowski’s time in the Bundesliga is coming to an end.

On Friday evening, multiple reports confirmed the news that Bayern Munich and Barcelona have finally agreed terms on a €50 million transfer.

It’s a hugely exciting move for La Liga as a whole, as it means the division will play home to arguably the two best strikers in world football right now.

Lewandowski and Real Madrid‘s Karim Benzema fighting it out for the coveted Pichichi award? Yeah, that’s the stuff of dreams from a brand perspective.

Losing Lewandowski will be a hammer blow to the Bundesliga, though, as the Poland goal machine has been one of the league’s poster boys for many years now.

And the sheer number of goals he scored in the German top-flight since first signing for Borussia Dortmund from Lech Poznan in 2010 is quite extraordinary.

Robert Lewandowski with Borussia Dortmund
MALAGA, SPAIN – APRIL 03: Robert Lewandowski of Borussia Dortmund looks on prior to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match between Malaga CF and Borussia Dortmund at La Rosaleda Stadium on April 3, 2013 in Malaga, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

In his 384 Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund and Bayern, Lewandowski made the back of the net bulge 312 times, an average of 0.85 per outing.

Those numbers are just mind-bogglingly good and only four players in history have been more prolific in one of Europe’s big five leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany or France).

Below, we’ve detailed the 20 players with the highest number of goals in one of the division’s state above, with Lewandowski now in fifth place.

Robert Lewandowski after winning the CL with Bayern
LISBON, PORTUGAL – AUGUST 23: Robert Lewandowski of FC Bayern Munich celebrates with the Champions League Trophy following his team’s victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Matt Childs/Pool via Getty Images)

The 20 players with the most goals in one of Europe’s top five leagues

20. Hughie Gallacher (England)

Games: 355

Goals: 246

19. Joe Bradford (England)

Games: 410

Goals: 248

18. Francesco Totti (Italy)

Games: 618

Goals: 250

17. Telmo Zarra (Spain)

Games: 278

Goals: 251

16. Bernard Lacombe (France)

Games: 497

Goals: 255

French football legend Bernard Lacombe
NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 19: Bernard Lacombe, Olympique Lyonnais, reacts to the UEFA Champions League Q3 qualifying round draw at the UEFA headquarters on July 19, 2013 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)

15. Nat Lofthouse (England)

Games: 452

Goals: 255

14. Charlie Buchan (England)

Games: 482

Goals: 257

13. David Jack (England)

Games: 476

Goals: 257

12. Klaus Fischer (Germany)

Games: 535

Goals: 268

11. Silvio Piola (Italy)

Games: 537

Goals: 274

Silvio Piola's boots
MATERA, ITALY – JUNE 19: Silvio Piola shoes are shown during FIGC 120 Years Exhibition on June 19, 2018 in Matera, Italy. (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

10. Alan Shearer (England)

Games: 559

Goals: 283

9. Gordon Hodgson (England)

Games: 456

Goals: 287

8. Delio Onnis (France)

Games: 449

Goals: 299

7. Dixie Dean (England)

Games: 362

Goals: 310

6. Cristiano Ronaldo (Spain)

Games: 292

Goals: 311

Cristiano Ronaldo with Real Madrid
MADRID, SPAIN – APRIL 18: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between Real Madrid CF and FC Bayern Muenchen at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

5. Robert Lewandowski (Germany)

Games: 384

Goals: 312

4. Steve Bloomer (England)

Games: 536

Goals: 314

3. Jimmy Greaves (England)

Games: 516

Goals: 357

2. Gerd Muller (Germany)

Games: 427

Goals: 365

1. Lionel Messi (Spain)

Games: 520

Goals: 474

Lionel Messi with Barcelona
BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 07: Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona lifts up his sixth Ballon d’Or prior to the Liga match between FC Barcelona and RCD Mallorca at Camp Nou on December 07, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

Messi is the only man to score over 400 goals in one league, which shouldn’t really surprise anyone.

However, had Ronaldo – who is now just behind Lewandowski on this list – spent more than nine years at Real Madrid, he would almost certainly have surpassed the landmark as well.

Lewandowski himself may even have achieved it if he’d chosen to remain at Bayern for the final few years of his distinguished playing career.

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