The Bundesliga have awarded Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski “Heroes of the Bundesliga” award on his 35th birthday.
Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Bundesliga, the organizers of the German elite division drafted Robert Lewandowski into the legends of German club football.
Reacting to the award which coincided with his 35th birthday, Lewandowski expressed his delight landing the award as he considers it a “great privilege to be considered among Bundesliga legends” in the past 60 years and more so being the only non-German player to make the list.
Robert Lewandowski left Bundesliga in 2022 as an undisputed legend.
The Polish forward began his Bundesliga career at Borussia Dortmund in 2010 and was set for a legendary stint from start.
Lewandowski’s era at Borussia Dortmund has been reckoned as one of the most successful era in the history of the club. He led the Bundesliga giants to the Bundesliga title on his debut season in 2010 and defended the title the next year.
Lewandowski created landmark records throughout his spell in Bundesliga. In 2020/21 season, he recorded most goals (41) in a single Bundesliga season, sharing the stats with his former Bayern Munich teammate, Thomas Muller.
The Barcelona forward also holds the record for the most number of Bundesliga goals scored by a non-German player.
In 2015, Robert Lewandowski raised eyebrows with an incredible and unprecedented goal stats in a Bundesliga clash against Vfl Wolfsburg.
He became the first player in football and probably will be the only player ever to score five goals in less than nine minutes after coming from the bench.
The incredible feat put him on the map as one of the most prolific and deadly strikers ever to grace the Bundesliga.
The Polish striker bagged 312 Bundesliga goals, consisting of a five-goal haul, a four-goal haul, 63 braces and 13 hat-tricks.
He won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund, one DFB-Pokal, and DFL-SuperCup.
At Bayern Munich, he won 8 Bundesliga titles, 3 DFB-Pokal, 5 DFL-Supercup, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Also awarded Bundesliga heroes with Robert Lewandowski were Wolfgang Overath, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Mathias Sammer, Felix Magath, Lothar Matthaus, and Thomas Muller.
Wolfgang Overath, 79, is a German football legend, who played as attacking midfielder. Overath played for FC Koln throughout his career and represented Germany national team (then West Germany) three times. He won the 1974 World Cup with West Germany. He won the Bundesliga in 1964 and 2 DFB-Pokal with Koln.
Overath scored 83 goals in 409 Bundesliga appearances for Koln and 17 goals in 81 appearances for West Germany.
Karl Heinze Rummenigge is another German football legend on the Bundesliga heroes list.
Rummenigge is always tipped as one of the greatest footballers from Germany. Playing as a forward during his career, Rummenigge scored 162 goals in 310 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich before wrapping up his career at Inter Milan and Servette.
He won 95 caps with Germany national team (then West Germany), scoring 45 goals. Rummenigge won the 1980 European Championships with West Germany.
He won 2 Bundesliga titles, 2 DFB-Pokal, 2 European Cup and one intercontinental Cup.
Mathias Sammer, 55, joined Robert Lewandwoski on the Bundesliga’s heroes list. Sammer played as a defensive midfielder for Dynamo Dresden, VfB Stuttgart, Inter Milan, and Borussia Dortmund, where he wrapped up his career.
He scored 84 club career goals in 291 appearances winning 3 Bundesliga titles, 2 DFL-Supercup, and one Champions League.
Sammer won 51 caps with Germany national team, scoring 8 goals. He won the 1996 European Championships.
Felix Magath, 70, played as a central midfielder for Hamburger, a club he later returned as manager. He scored 46 goals in 306 appearances for the club, winning 3 Bundesliga titles, one European Cup and one European Cup Winners Cup. Magath scored 3 goals in 43 appearances for West Germany.
Also on the list with Robert Lewandowski is Lothar Matthaus, 62.
Matthaus played as a midfielder for many Bundesliga clubs. He also had a stint off the shores of German football with Inter Milan in Italy and New York MetroStars in MLS.
He scored 181 club career goals in 618 appearances, winning 6 Bundesliga titles with Bayern Munich, including 2 DFB-Pokal, one DFB-Supercup, and UEFA Cup.
Thomas Muller is the only active player from other German legends who made the list. A contemporary of Robert Lewandwoski, Muller, 33, is another one-club player that has raised the bar in German football.
He has scored 44 goals in 121 caps for Germany national team, winning the 2014 World Cup, 2012 and 2016 European Championships.
Since his break-in into Bayern Munich first team in 2008, Muller has scored 144 Bundesliga goals in 448 appearances, winning a record 12 Bundesliga titles, 6 DFB-Pokal, 8 DFL-Supercup, 2 Champions League, 2 UEFA Super Cup, and 2 FIFA Club World Cup.