BERLIN (AFP) – Jurgen Klinsmann rates Robert Lewandowski as the best Bundesliga striker of the modern era with the Bayern Munich star poised to inflict more misery on struggling Hertha Berlin tomorrow.
League leaders Bayern start the weekend with a six-point cushion ahead of tomorrow’s game at Hertha, against whom Lewandowski has scored 10 goals in his last five games.
Lewandowski retained his FIFA’s ‘The Best’ male player title on Monday, two days after chalking up his 300th Bundesliga goal in Bayern’s 4-0 thumping away to Cologne.
“There is no doubt Robert is the best striker the Bundesliga has seen in the modern era,” Klinsmann, who won the 1990 World Cup with West Germany, told AFP in a video conference.
Klinsmann, 57, capped a glittering playing career, including spells at Tottenham, Inter Milan and Bayern, by captaining Germany to the Euro ‘96 title before coaching the German and USA national men’s teams.
He admitted being stunned when Lewandowski broke Gerd Mueller’s record of most goals in a single German league campaign by netting 41 times last season. “In Germany, we never thought it would be possible to get close to that record.”
With 23 league goals so far this season, Lewandowski remains on course to finish as the Bundesliga’s top-scorer for the fifth year running.
“The way he continuously keeps that hunger, that drive to score and win titles is at a completely different level,” added Klinsmann.