Remove Batman from the picture and the Joker would run amok.
For two and a half seasons, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang played the part of Robert Lewandowski’s worthy adversary for the Torjagerkanone (Germany’s equivalent of the Golden Boot).
In 2015/16, Bayern Munch’s imperious No9 scored 30 Bunesliga goals for the first time in 39 years to take the cannon.
The following season, he reached the same tally, only to be swooped by Borussia Dortmund’s Gabonese speedster on the last day of the season as Aubameyang converted a late penalty to score his 31st goal of the season.
The two arch-rivals renewed their battle at the start of the current campaign, going blow for blow as the league’s two standout finishers.
Until Arsenal spoiled everything.
Without a nemesis to keep him occupied, Lewandowksi has had his wicked way with the innocent citizens of Gotham defenders of the Bundesliga.
The Poland international has now scored 26 goals in 26 league games.
His haul is double that of Aubameyang and Freiburg’s Nils Petersen in equal second place.
Lewandowski’s hat-trick in Der Klassiker, as Bayern demolished Dortmund 6-0, was symbolic of a team and a forward out on their own.
Lewandowski’s goals have come at an average of one every 75 minutes.
His lead at the top of the goalscoring charts mirrors Bayern’s dominance in the league.
The Bavarian giants hold a 17-point lead over second-placed Schalke — a lead as commanding as PSG’s in Ligue 1.
After that, just ten points separate 2nd from 7th.
Similarly, Lewandowski’s six closest rivals (all at least 13 goals off the pace remember) have all scored between 11-13 league goals so far.
And perhaps this dual cakewalk, towards both the league title and the Torjagerkanone, will persuade Lewandowski to wreak havoc elsewhere.
Rumours persist of a move to Real Madrid, and this stage, Lewy has nothing left to prove in Germany.
Without Aubameyang to keep him amused, he may seek worthy competition in Spain.
Although if it’s a Batman he needs, Dortmund may have already found their next caped crusader…
For now, Lewandowski will be set on reaching 30 league goals for the third season in a row while focusing primarily on the Champions League.
Back in 2015/16, Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain won the Capocannoniere (Italy’s answer to the Golden Boot) with 36 goals — 17 ahead of future runner-up Paulo Dybala.
Lewandowski has a 13-goal lead on his rivals this campaign, and will be eyeing a similarly emphatic triumph at the end of the season.
Another trophy for the mantelpiece.
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