Robert Lewandowski cannot stop scoring for club and country this season, finding the net in Bayern’s first eight Bundesliga game and hitting a hat-trick for Poland in this past international break.
He scored twice as the Bundesliga giants beat Olympiakos 3-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday, taking his tally for club and country in 2019-20 to an incredible 21 goals in just 17 games.
It is not hard to argue with his 2019 statistics, certainly in 2019 anyway. No other player has scored more goals for their club than Lewandowski. Not Cristiano Ronaldo. Not Lionel Messi. Not even Manchester City duo Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling.
The Polish has hit two hat-tricks this season – one for Bayern and one for Poland and has only failed to score in one game for Bayern this term – the 2-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup back in early August. This hot streak in front of goal has seen him scoring 18 goals in just 13 appearances in all competitions, at least six more than any other player in the big-five European leagues and has scored in each of Bayern’s last 12 games, a feat Carsten Jancker last achieved 19 years ago. Only Gerd Müller in 1969/70 (15 games) managed a longer run in a Munich jersey since the club were promoted to the Bundesliga in 1965.
Lewandowski’s two goals in the Champions League on Tuesday moved him above Ruud van Nistelrooy in Champions League top scorer charts.
But he still has some way to go to match Messi and Ronaldo’s exploits in the competition.
With his two goals on Tuesday evening, the Polish international also moved up the list of top scorers in Europe’s elite club competition. With 58 goals, Lewandowski now ranks fifth ahead of Ruud van Nistelrooy (56), two behind Karim Benzema (60) and thirteen behind Raúl González who is on 71. At 31, The Pole is probably unlikely to catch either Messi (112) or Ronaldo (127) but his goalscoring statistics, particularly at an age when some players are past their best, are hugely impressive.
Top UEFA Champions League scorers (excluding qualifying)
127: Cristiano Ronaldo (POR, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Juventus)
112: Lionel Messi (ARG, Barcelona)
71: Raúl González (ESP, Real Madrid, Schalke)
60: Karim Benzema (FRA, Lyon, Real Madrid)
58: Robert Lewandowski (POL, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern München)
56: Ruud van Nistelrooy (NED, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
50: Thierry Henry (FRA, Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
48: Zlatan Ibrahimović (SWE, Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United)
48: Andriy Shevchenko (UKR, Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea)
46: Filippo Inzaghi (ITA, Juventus, AC Milan)
12 players have scored four goals in one UEFA Champions League match in the new era. But only Robert Lewandowski alongside Lionel Messi has managed to do this from the quarter-final stage onwards when he found the back of the net four times for Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid in the semi-finals in 2013.
With 10 goals starting from the 2014–15 round of 16-second leg, quarter-final second leg, semi-final second leg and the first 4 matches of 2015–16. He is also one of only three players that hold the record of scoring in 7 consecutive home UEFA Champions League appearances alongside Cristiano Ronaldo (13 goals) and Thierry Henry (9 goals).
“I always try to do my best and help my team. Every single situation on the pitch can be important and make the difference between winning and losing. That’s why I want to stay focused and calm and do my job,” Lewandowski commented.
Lewandowski finished as the top scorer in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League group stage with eight goals in six matches, he is already three goals short of that record with three games left to play in the frist round of the competition this season. He will also be looking forward to becoming the first non-Barcelona/Real Madrid to win the end of season top scorer gong.