The club has been home to several top goalscorers over decades.
Bayern Munich is inarguably the biggest club in Germany and one of the biggest in Europe. They have won the most Bundesliga titles – 32. The second team on the list is Borussia Dortmund that has won just five. This shows their dominance in the domestic league. Apart from that, the Bavarians have also won the Champions League six times, the most by any German Club.
Over the years, some of the world’s finest footballers have played for the club. Here is a look at Bayern Munich top 10 highest goalscorers in the history.
10. Claudio Pizarro (125 goals)
Pizarro was Bundesliga’s highest foreign goal-scorer before Robert Lewandowski broke his record. The former Chelsea player spent over nine years in his two stints with Bayern Munich. The forward hit double figures in six seasons and won six Bundesliga titles. Pizarro was a part of Bayern’s treble winning side in 2013. The Peruvian made 327 appearances and scored 125 goals for the Bavarians.
9. Giovane Elber (139 goals)
Elber was Pizarro’s partner in attack for some seasons. The Brazilian is a prolific striker, winning the Bundesliga Golden Boot in 2002/03. Elber joined Bayern Munich from VfB Stuttgart in 1997. The forward spent six years with Bayern Munich, during which he won four Bundesliga titles. He also won the Champions League in 2000-01, scoring in the quarter finals and the semis. Elber made 266 appearances for Bayern Munich and scored 139 goals.
8. Arjen Robben (144 goals)
One of the most popular Bayern player of recent times, Arjen Robben had a glittering career with the Bavarians. The former Dutch international won 20 trophies with Bayern Munich, including eight Bundesliga titles. Robben was a key part of Bayern’s treble winning team of 2013, scoring the winner in the Champions League final against Dortmund. Robben and Frank Ribery on either wings terrorized defenses all over Europe. The winger ended up playing 309 matches for the Bavarians and scored 144 goals.
7. Dieter Hoeneß (145 goals)
Hoeneß joined Bayern Munich from Stuttgart in 1979 and scored 16 goals in his first season to lead Bayern to the 1979/80 Bundesliga title. He went on to win four more league titles with the German giants. He is the younger brother of Uli Hoeneß, a club president at Bayern. The forward won the 1986/87 Bundesliga title and then retired, making 302 appearances for the club and scoring 145 goals.
6. Roland Wohlfarth (155 goals)
Wohlfarth joined Bayern Munich from Duisburg in 1984. He remained at the club for nine years and won five league titles. He was the league’s highest scorer in 1990-91. The forward also won the DFB Cup with the Bavarians in 1985-86, scoring a hat-trick in the final. Despite never being the main man at the club, Wohlfarth ended up making 332 appearances for Bayern Munich and scoring 155 goals.
5. Rainer Ohlhauser (167 goals)
Ohlhauser was a major part of Bayern’s rise to the top of German and European football. The striker has seen it all, from promotion to the top flight to lifting the European Cup. Ohlhauser won three DFB Cups along with Bayern’s first European trophy and the first Bundesliga trophy. He scored in two Cup finals and was the strike partner of Gerd Muller. The forward spent nine years at the club, scoring 167 goals in 300 appearances.
4. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (217 goals)
Rummenigge was one of the stars of Bayern Munich during the late 70s and early 80s. Joining the club in 1974, he took over the reins of the Bayern attack from Gerd Muller. Rummenigge won two European Cups. He won the Bundesliga Golden Boot on three separate occasions and was also named the European Footballer of the Year in 1980 and 1981. The forward stayed with the Bavarians for 10 years, making 422 appearances and scoring 217 goals. He then moved to Inter Milan for what was at that time a club record transfer fee.
3. Thomas Muller (227 goals)
Thomas Muller came through the ranks of Bayern Munich and made his first team debut in 2008. 14 years on, he is still an integral part of Bayern’s attack. Muller has won everything there is to win with club and has also won the World Cup with Germany in 2014. A two-time Champions league winner, the forward has a knack of finding the space in the penalty box and makes brilliant late runs. With over 600 appearances to his name, Thomas Muller has scored 227 goals for the Bavarians and will look to score a few more.
2. Robert Lewandowski (344 goals)
One of the best strikers in world football at the moment, Robert Lewandowski helped Bayern dominate Germany and Europe over the last decade. Joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, the Polish striker is the highest scoring foreigner in Bundesliga history. Lewandowski has won six Bundesliga Golden Boots and also holds the record for most goals in a single season – a record he made in 2019-20. He also scored 15 Champions League goals in that season, leading Bayern to Champions League glory. The striker spent eight years at the club, scoring 344 goals in that time. Lewandowski moved from Bayern Munich to FC Barcelona earlier this year.
1. Gerd Muller (523 goals)
Arguably the greatest player in Bayern’s history, Gerd Muller was an incredible goalscorer. The striker was a big part of Bayern and West Germany’s success in the 60s and 70s. The World Cup winner had been the Bundesliga top scorer on seven separate occasions. Muller held the record of scoring the most goals in one calendar year before it was broken by Lionel Messi in 2012. The prolific striker won three European trophies with Bayern Munich, scoring in two of those finals. Muller ended his career with 523 goals in 580 matches for the Bavarians. He also holds the record of being the highest goal-scorer in Bundesliga history with 365 goals.