Robert Lewandowski has hit out at his Bayern Munich teammates, blaming them for losing his crown as Bundesliga top scorer to Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the season’s final day.
Lewandowski, 28, racked up his second successive 30-goal season at Bayern, taking his tally to 77 goals in 96 Bundesliga appearances for the champions.
However, Lewandowski failed to score in two out of the last three league games, enabling Aubameyang to pip him by a solitary goal — 31 to 30 — to win Kicker’s prestigious Torjagerkanone.
Asked whether losing his prize on the final day had left any scars, Lewandowski told reporters in Poland: “It doesn’t hurt anymore, but it did at first.
“Maybe because I wasn’t completely satisfied with the way my team helped me. Immediately after the last game, I felt anger. I was disappointed with my team. That was the feeling I had.”
The Poland international drew blanks in the narrow 1-0 home win against relegated Darmstadt and Freiburg on the final day of the season, when Bayern won 4-1 as Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso both played the final games of their careers.
Lewandowski did score twice in a breathtaking 5-4 comeback win in Leipzig on the penultimate weekend, but Auba edged the prize — aided by two goals on the final day of the season against Werder Bremen.
Earlier this week, Lewandowski, who is preparing for Poland’s World Cup qualifier against Romania, was voted the Bundesliga’s best outfield player by his peers, but this was little consolation after losing his top scorer status to Aubameyang.