Lewandowski receives 2021 European Golden Shoe

Lewandowski, 33, claimed the award ahead of Lionel Messi (30) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29) in his 29 Bundesliga appearances.
Lewandowski receives 2021 European Golden Shoe
Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich

After completing a record-breaking 2020-21 season in the Bundesliga, Robert Lewandowski has received the European Golden Shoe.

The Polish striker scored 41 Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich to become only the second Germany-based player to win it after Bayern legend Gerd Muller in 1971-72.

Lewandowski, 33, claimed the award which is given to the top goalscorer in all domestic leagues across Europe ahead of Lionel Messi (30) and Cristiano Ronaldo (29) in his 29 Bundesliga appearances.

He said: "I dedicate this award to all the people who are by my side every day."

"I'd like to thank my family, my teammates, the coaching staff and the whole of FC Bayern. I couldn't win titles like these without their support," added Lewandowski.

"In sport, like in life, it's crucial that you value each other, support each other, are always fair with each other and try to be a role model for others. I'm very happy with what we've achieved together as a team."

According to the BBC, Lewandowski's tally last season was the highest since Ronaldo claimed the award in 2015 with Real Madrid after netting 48 goals.

The award has been won six times previously by Messi, with Ciro Immobile and Luis Suarez also finishing in the top spot.

Herbert Hainer, FC Bayern president: “This is a great accolade for Robert Lewandowski. Not just for his many, many goals but for the exemplary professionalism with which he gives everything for success every day. He’s deserved to become the second FC Bayern player after the unforgettable Gerd Müller to be honoured with the Golden Shoe.”

Oliver Kahn, FC Bayern CEO: “Robert Lewandowski is the reigning world player of the year for a reason. His goals say it all and their continuity is an expression of how hard he works every day. He’s made history at FC Bayern, both with his team and personally. Lewandowski is another good example of how top international players find a sporting home at FC Bayern, spend the best years of their career here, and win many titles.”

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