Robert Lewandowski beats Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi to European Golden Shoe

Lewandowski scores record-breaking 41st Bundesliga goal (1:20)

Robert Lewandowski makes history by breaking Gerd Muller's single-season goals record with his 41st of the season. (1:20)

Robert Lewandowski has won the European Golden Shoe ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi with his record-breaking tally of 41 goals in the Bundesliga this term.

Lewandowski's 90th-minute goal to seal a 5-2 win over SC Freiburg on Saturday saw the Bayern Munich star surpass Gerd Muller's long-standing record of 40 goals set in the 1971-72 season.

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Juventus forward Ronaldo also made history as he became the first player to finish as top scorer in the Premier League, La Liga and now Serie A. But his total of 29 was not enough to catch Lewandowski.

Messi, who missed Barcelona's final game of the season on Saturday as he was given extra time to rest ahead of the Copa America tournament, finished the campaign on 30 goals as the leading scorer in La Liga.

The award is given on a points basis with a player's goals total multiplied by two, 1.5 or one based on the strength of their leagues. Players from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 have their goals total multiplied by two, giving Lewandowski a points tally of 82.

Lewandowski failed to score in only four of the 27 league matches he started for Bayern this term. He scored three or more goals on five occasions. His nearest challengers in the Bundesliga were Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland (27) and Eintracht Frankfurt's Andre Silva (28).

With 276 goals, Lewandowski is 89 behind Muller's all-time Bundesliga record and has averaged nearly 28 goals a season since joining Dortmund in 2010.

Under contract at the Allianz Arena for another two years, Lewandowski could now target the all-time record for which he would likely require another deal at Bayern.

Lewandowski, 32, had come close to winning the 2019-20 Golden Shoe, but his tally of 34 was two short of Lazio forward Ciro Immobile's total.

This is Lewandowski's first Golden Shoe. Messi has the most with six, and his total of 50 in the 2011-12 campaign remains the highest single-season tally.