Robert Lewandowski paid tribute to Thomas Muller for his role in a partnership that delivered the wantaway Bayern Munich striker his seventh Torjagerkanone in 2021-22.
The trophy, awarded to the Bundesliga’s leading scorer, will be in Lewandowski’s possession once again this season, equalling Gerd Muller’s record of seven wins.
This was Lewandowski’s fifth triumph in a row as he finished the campaign with 35 league goals – the last of them coming in Saturday’s season-ending 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg, before which Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed his talisman had asked to leave.
Team-mate Muller set up Lewandowski’s goal with a left-footed cross in what could prove to be the final link-up of a hugely effective attacking combination.
“He’s amazing,” Lewandowski said of Muller after the match, when he confirmed he would not be renewing a contract that expires in 2023.
“He always plays his style, his performance, his skills.
“I know him very well because we have this feeling. When he kicks the ball, I know when the ball is coming, and that’s why I’m always ready to get the ball from him.
“Even today, I should be thankful not only for Thomas, but all the guys who assist me, who give me the ball to score the goals. I’m very proud of this team.”
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Muller has at least committed to new terms with Bayern, to the relief of captain Manuel Neuer, who addressed the media without knowing of Lewandowski’s comments.
“[Muller and Lewandowski] are absolutely world class and guarantors for our success, for the club’s success over the past years,” Neuer said.
“So, it is good that Thomas renewed his contract and will stay with Bayern.”
Asked about Lewandowski’s future, Neuer said: “Lewy just came here for an interview, I don’t know what he said there but, as far as I know, he has a contract for another year.”
Lewandowski will certainly be missed if he does depart, as is rumoured, for Barcelona, with Jamal Musiala just enjoying being part of a team that features two outstanding forwards.
“They’re two masterminds in the game,” the youngster added. “They score goals, assist, they do everything in the attack.
“It’s just amazing to see, and to be part of it is just as good.”
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