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Bundesliga top-scorer list: Masters of the German football league

Over the years, Bundesliga has evolved into one of the most popular leagues across the globe. Thanks to the two-pronged advancement of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, who have riveted the world’s fanfare with an extraordinary developmental system that has produced regular contenders for the Bundesliga top-scorer award season after season, since the tournament’s inception.

Bundesliga top-scorer from all seasons

SeasonPlayerClubNumber of goals scored
2020/21Robert LewandowskiBayern München41
2019/20Robert LewandowskiBayern München34
2018/19Robert LewandowskiBayern München22
2017/18Robert LewandowskiBayern München29
2016/17Pierre-Emerick AubameyangBorussia Dortmund31
2015/16Robert LewandowskiBayern München30
2014/15Alexander MeierEintracht Frankfurt19
2013/14Robert LewandowskiBorussia Dortmund20
2012/13Stefan KießlingBayer Leverkusen25
2011/12Klaas-Jan HuntelaarFC Schalke 0429
2010/11Mario GomezBayern München28
2009/10Edin DžekoVfL Wolfsburg22
2008/09GrafiteVfL Wolfsburg28
2007/08Luca ToniBayern München24
2006/07Fanis GekasVfL Bochum20
2005/06Miroslav KloseWerder Bremen25
2004/05Marek Mintal1. FC Nürnberg24
2003/04AiltonWerder Bremen28
2002/03Thomas ChristiansenVfL Bochum21
ÉlberBayern München21
2001/02Martin MaxTSV 1860 München18
AmorosoBorussia Dortmund18
2000/01Sergej BarbarezHamburger SV22
Ebbe SandFC Schalke 0422
1999/00Martin MaxTSV 1860 München19
1998/99Michael PreetzHertha BSC23
1997/98Ulf KirstenBayer Leverkusen22
1996/97Ulf KirstenBayer Leverkusen22
1995/96Fredi BobicVfB Stuttgart17
1994/95Mario BaslerWerder Bremen20
Heiko HerrlichBor. Mönchengladbach20
1993/94Stefan Kuntz1. FC Kaiserslautern18
Anthony YeboahEintracht Frankfurt18
1992/93Ulf KirstenBayer Leverkusen20
Anthony YeboahEintracht Frankfurt20
1991/92Fritz WalterVfB Stuttgart22
1990/91Roland WohlfahrtBayern München21
1989/90Jörn AndersenEintracht Frankfurt18
1988/89Thomas AllofsFC Koln17
Roland WohlfarthBayern Munich17
1987/88Jurgen KlinsmannVfb Stuttgart19
1986/87Uwe RahnBorussia Monchengladbach24
1985/86Stefan KuntzVfl Bochum22
1984/85Klaus AllofsFC Koln26
1983/84Karl-Heinz RummeniggeBayern Munich26
1982/83Rudi VollerWerder Bremen23
1981/82Horst HrubeschHamburger SV27
1980/81Karl-Heinz RummeniggeBayern Munich29
1979/80Karl-Heinz RummeniggeBayern Munich26
1978/79Klaus AllofsFortuna Dusseldorf22
1977/78Dieter MullerFC Koln24
Gerd MullerBayern Munich24
1976/77Dieter MullerFC Koln34
1975/76Klaus FischerSchalke 0429
1974/75Jupp HeynckesBorussia Monchengladbach27
1973/74Jupp HeynckesBorussia Monchengladbach30
Gerd MullerBayern Munich30
1972/73Gerd MullerBayern Munich36
1971/72Gerd MullerBayern Munich40
1970/71Lothar KobluhnRot-Weib Oberhausen24
1969/70Gerd MullerBayern Munich38
1968/69Gerd MullerBayern Munich30
1967/68Johannes LohrFC Koln27
1966/67Lothar EmmerichBorussia Dortmund28
Gerd MullerBayern Munich28
1965/66Lothar EmmerichBorussia Dortmund31
1964/65Rudolf Brunnenmeir1860 Munich24
1963/64Uwe SeelerHamburger SV30

Gerd:Muller: The Greatest Bundesliga goalscorer

Bundesliga giants Bayern Munchen have always had this affinity for signing world-class goalscorers. Like their Polish forward Robert Lewandowski, who is currently ruling the roost in the German league now, Bayern had found an 18-year-old Gerd Muller joining them from Nordlingen in 1964.

It was almost impossible to predict then that the young striker would go on to dominate the Bundesliga season after season, and would win the Bundesliga Golden Boot a record seven times. He managed to bag a whopping 365 goals in 427 games to become the top scorer of the tournament.

In the national circuit, he starred for West Germany as political divides played an instrumental role ever since the end of the Second World War.  Muller had started his professional season in 1963 with his boyhood club Nordlingen, where he scored 51 goals in 31 games that he was a part of.

Muller was popularly known as the mighty Der Bomber, who would score goals for fun on occasions with his fiery brand of football. It was a very rare incident to see him miss. Muller scored on an average of every 105 minutes which is another record in itself amongst players with at least 20 goals.

The legend also held the record for the most number of goals in a single season that starred 40 goals until Robert Lewandowski got the better of it with 41 in 2020. He also scored in a record 16 games at a stretch in the Bundesliga with over 87 braces and 32 hattricks to his name. Muller also holds the record of holding seven Bundesliga Torjagerkanone.

Muller scored 142 goals to make his team lead, out of which a staggering 77 emerged to be match-winners. Such was his eminence that even after crossing his prime, he managed to play for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers for three seasons in which he scored a whopping 40 times.

Robert Lewandowski: The modern Bayern Munich hero

The Polish striker, Robert Lewandowski is probably one of the finest attackers in German Bundesliga and modern football at the moment. Before Bayern Munich managed to lay hands on this young magician from Poland, Lewandowski had already proved his goal-scoring menace for various other clubs.

He started his career with Delta Warsaw in Poland, then shifted his allegiance to Legia Warsaw. This was followed by another move to Znicz Pruszkow and Lech Poznan. This is when fortune came knocking for the marksman, as Borussia Dortmund bagged the lanky goal-scorer.

For the Yellow and Black brigade, he smashed a whopping 74 goals from 131 games. He was an absolute revelation not just in the Bundesliga but in all the top leagues of Europe. Lewandowski has played Bundesliga for the last eleven years and in every single season, he has been an absolute force to be reckoned with.

Dortmund were fortunate to find him as he almost led them to a UEFA Champions League title in the 2012-2013 season, where the centre forward was seen leaving some top defenders dead to their rights. The German Bundesliga has been his cradle that has drawn all the fanfare from around the world only to be refused in every single season.

The former Dortmund star has so far featured in 358 Bundesliga matches and has come up to the second position in the list of most goals in Bundesliga. Until 2020, Lewandowski hammered 277 goals in the Bundesliga that has propelled him to the second position, both for Bayern and in the league on the list of players with the most goals.

The performance that he delivered in the 2019-20 season of Bundesliga and the Champions League made him an undisputed contender for the illustrious Ballon D’or. Lewandowski and Muller comfortably lead the list of highest goal-scorers in Bundesliga with the others trailing significantly.

Other names in the elite list

In the top scorers’ list of Bundesliga, the names that come next are Klaus Fischer with 268 goals, Jupp Heynckes with 220 goals, Manfred Burgsmuller with 213 goals. They have all been players of substantial statures but when it came to scoring, Der Bomber and Lewa hold a different kind of dominance.

Germany has reaped handsome rewards from the rise of the Bundesliga sensations as players like Muller, Miroslav Klose, Oliver Kahn, Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer have all emerged from this hallowed German league.


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