Lewandowski scored a penalty in the 26th minute of Bayern’s Bundesliga trip to Freiburg to take his tally for the 2020/21 season to 40 goals, matching the number Muller hit in 1971/72.
Bundesliga champions Bayern marked the event with a guard of honour at the side of the pitch, with Lewandowski bashfully jogging through as his team-mates applauded and clapped him on the back.
The Poland international is second on the all-time Bundesliga goalscorers list with 276 goals, 89 behind Muller’s record of 365.
Having played a starring role in Bayern’s treble-winning 2019/20 season, Lewandowski was named Fifa Best Men’s Player for 2020 in December ahead of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Though Bayern failed to defend their Champions League crown this year as they went out of the competition to PSG, they will be back in the hunt next season with Julian Nagelsmann, currently at RB Leipzig, coming in as the new head coach as the Bavarians look to win a 10th straight Bundesliga title.
Additional reporting by Reuters.