Top five highest scorers in Der Klassiker of all time


November 9 2020
Der Klassiker

The rivalry between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund is one of the most high profile games in Europe.

Arguably the biggest fixtures in German football, Der Klassiker is the derby between Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. The modern day rivalry peaked in the early 90s, when Dortmund revived themselves and became the driving force in German football.

Since the last century, both the teams have often brought star players, who have often went onto scoring many goals in the sought after game, scripting history for either of the clubs. Here are the five highest scorers in the history of Der Klassiker.

5. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – 10 goals

Bayern Munich legend and their current chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has scored 10 goals in the Der Klassiker over the years during his decade long association with Bayern Munich between 1974-84. He had scored 10 goals against Borussia Dortmund, beginning with a brace on his Der Klassiker debut in 1976.

Although during that period the rivalry between these two clubs was not at its peak, his performance in the derby made him a fan-favorite with the Bayern faithful. The former West Germany international made over 300 appearances for the club, scoring 162 times before joining Inter at the end of the 1983-84 season.

4. Thomas Müller – 11 goals

A Ramdeuter, Thomas Muller has represented Bavarians in 29 occasions and scored 11 times in the iconic Der Klassiker. The 31-year-old is currently in his 12th season with the club, where he has won numerous silverware including two trebles in 2013 and 2020. In 2014, he was also part of the Germany side who won the FIFA World Cup in Brazil and won the Silver Boot by scoring five goals.

The meeting at Westfalenstadion in November 2020 will mark his 30th Der Klassiker involvement, where he would be looking at to increase his goals’ tally against Borussia Dortmund.

3. Arjen Robben – 11 goals
Robben is one of the highest scorers of both Der Klassiker and FC Bayern

Arjen Robben represented Bayern Munich for 10 years between 2009-19. Robben, who is considered as a modern time great, was part of 24 Der Klassiker games in his 10-year-long stay with the team. He has scored 11 goals in the fixture, out of which one came as a winner in the 2013 UEFA Champions League final, helping Bayern Munich to win the treble. In the 309 appearances, he scored 144 goals for Bayern Munich, winning 20 trophies during his time in Germany.

2. Gerd Müller – 15 goals

Gerd Müller was regarded as one of the best strikers during the mid 60s and 70s. The former Bayern Munich marksman had scored a whooping 566 goals in 607 appearances during his career. He had played in the Der Klassiker 20 times, scoring 15 goals in the process. Müller had also scored two hat-tricks in the famed derby, including in a 11-1 demolition of Borussia Dortmund in 1971.

He was also the leading goalscorer of German football team for 40 years with 68 goals, however, the record was broken by Miroslav Klose in 2014. Müller had also won the European Championship for West Germany in 1972 and FIFA World Cup in 1974.  

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1. Robert Lewandowski – 23 goals

Lewandowski is the highest scorer in the history of Der Klassiker

One of the consistent strikers of the modern era, Robert Lewandowski has represented both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the Der Klassiker. He had scored five goals in four years for Borussia Dortmund before joining Bayern Munich. However, since making the switch, the Polish striker has now scored 18 goals in the last six years against his former side.

Lewandowski has won the treble with Bayern Munich in 2020, apart from a handful of other silverware with the Bavarians. The 32-year-old has established himself as one of the most effective strikers of current time, a reputation which is expected to hold on for a long time in the Bundesliga.

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