The Bayern Munich striker was back among the goals against Borussia Dortmund, reaching a double century and haunting his former club once more
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has reached 200 Bundesliga goals during a record-breaking performance against Borussia Dortmund.
The Poland international has been a prolific presence throughout his time in the German top flight.
He was first acquired by Dortmund in 2011 and found the target on 103 occasions for them, including 74 efforts in the league.
But he moved across the Bundesliga to BVB’s rivals in 2014 when Bayern snapped him up on a free transfer.
Lewandowski has since taken his strike rate to even greater heights at the Allianz Arena.
He has recorded 40-plus goals across three successive seasons and could yet hit that mark again in 2018-19.
A 34th effort was recorded during a Der Klassiker clash with Dortmund on Saturday.
His clever finish doubled Bayern’s advantage on the day, following Mats Hummels’ opener, and took him to 20 Bundesliga goals for the season and 126 in total for the Munich giants.
Having reached a double century across his time in Germany, only World Cup-winning legend Gerd Muller can claim to have hit the same point in fewer games that Lewandowski.
There is the promise of many more to come from Lewandowski.
He is tied to a contract until 2021 and has
suggested that he could see out his playing days in Bavaria .
His former employers at Dortmund will be hoping that is not the case.
While they once benefited from his undoubted ability, they have been haunted by it in recent times.
Lewandowski also claimed another slice of Bundesliga history with his efforts against Dortmund.
Lewandowski’s latest strike against familiar faces could prove to be among his most important.
Bayern had headed into their latest meeting with Dortmund sat two points behind their old adversaries in the Bundesliga table.
With the title race entering a thrilling run-in, the defending champions needed to put down a marker.
They did just that when flying out of the blocks on home soil, with Javi Martinez and Serge Gnabry also on target in a dominant first-half display which left Niko Kovac’s side in complete control of a crunch clash.
The Bavarians went into the break 4-0 up, and though they eased off in the second half, Lewandowski did find the net again late on to score his 201st Bundesliga goal and secure a crushing 5-0 victory.
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Manchester United have tabled a £17 million-a-year deal, in a bid to lure Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus this summer, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.
The transfer could see Paul Pogba also return to Juventus.
Ronaldo’s future is likely to be one of the biggest sagas of the summer window.
It is understood the Portugal captain is eager to leave Italy, but Paris Saint-Germain is his preferred destination.
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But with no deal offered yet from the Ligue 1 giants, Manchester United is said to have swooped with a tempting offer for their former player.
The Red Devils are willing to pay Ronaldo £17m a year to bring him back to Old Trafford. And with Pogba’s situation at the club unclear, he could be used as a makeweight in the deal.
Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid are also being talked about as potential destinations for Ronaldo, but the finances could be an issue with a number of big clubs cash-strapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mbappe vs Giroud: Pogba clears air on ‘rift’ between France teammates
France midfielder, Paul Pogba, has cleared the air on a ‘rift’ between teammates, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud.
Recall that Mbappe felt ‘attacked’ and ‘angry’ following Giroud’s comments that he was unhappy with France’s lack of cohesion in attack after Didier Deschamps’s side defeated Bulgaria 3-0 in their final Euro 2020 warm-up game on Tuesday evening.
Reacting to the development, Pogba insisted that there is a ‘great atmosphere’ in the French camp ahead of their Euro 2020 campaign.
Asked whether there has been any tension or rift between Giroud and Mbappe, Pogba told a pre-match press conference ahead of the Euro 2020 campaign: “No, the only tension is on the back and legs!
“There is always a great atmosphere with everyone. Between Olivier and Kylian, there is nothing. Or at least there has been nothing in front of me.
“Maybe what was said was conveyed incorrectly,” he added.
France kicks off their Euro 2020 campaign against Germany next Tuesday.
The World Cup champions will also face Portugal and Hungary in Group F.
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Ferdinand, Shearer, Lineker predict Euro 2020 winner
Alan Shearer, Rio Ferdinand and Gary Lineker have all predicted that France will win Euro 2020.
The French will expect to add a continental triumph to their World Cup success.
Dider Deschamps’ team conquered the world in Russia three years ago, with the squad still boasting of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and N’Golo Kante.
Karim Benzema has also returned from a five-year exile to add more strength to the already deadly attack.
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“France to win it. They have got talent all over the pitch,” Shearer told the BBC.
Ferdinand added: “France have got the most depth and the most talent, that is why they are my favourites.”
Lineker however believes defending champions Portugal could yet retain their crown, but has still backed Les Bleus.
“It’s hard to look beyond France – they were losing finalists five years ago, they won the World Cup three years ago and now they have Karim Benzema too.
“They will be improved and they have brilliant young players too. They have to be favourites.
“Portugal are not exactly an outsider because they won the thing four years ago but they have a very good team and they will have a chance,” he said.
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