Lewandowski overtakes Real legend as the third-best Champions League scorer

Lewandowski overtakes Real legend as the third-best Champions League scorer

Bayern Munich demolished Lazio 4:1 in the first tie of their first knockout round Champions League match. It was Robert Lewandowski that, expectedly, started the cannonade, in the ninth minute. Capitalizing on a Mateo Musacchio poor back pass during the Italians build-up.

With that goal, his 72 in the UEFA Champions League, Lewandowski became the third best scorer in the competition. Behind only the two of the greatest that ever did it, Lionel Messi who has 119 and Cristiano Ronaldo who is at 134.

Lewa overtook Spain and Real Madrid legend Raul who stands at 71 goals, in his 142 games. The Pole got to his tally in 95 matches for a ratio of 0.76 goals per game. Bested in the top 10 only by CR7 (0.77), Messi (0.8), and Alfredo Di Stefano (0.84).

Karim Benzema is next on the list with 69 goals, while Ruud van Nistelrooy is sixth. Lewa's teammate Thomas Muller is 11th with 47 goals.

Lewandowski has now scored 32 goals in 34 Champions League matches since the beginning of the 2017/2018 campaign, more than any other player.

The goal against Lazio is his 32nd in all competitions this season, and he took 31 games to reach this tally. No other player in Europe has more. The 32-year-old also has eight assists for a total goal contribution of 40. Last season he stopped at 55 goals, 65 goal contributions and it seems he will record similar numbers in this campaign.

An early candidate for future Champions League top scorer, Erling Haaland who has 18 goals in 13 matches, commented on Lewandowski recently.

"That man is crazy. Just crazy. It is completely... When I score one goal to get close to him, he then just scores another hat-trick like it was a daily thing. What he does is so crazy. I watch every Bayern match and learn a lot from them in general," said Haaland.

Additionally, Bayern Munich are now on the longest unbeaten away streak in CL history with 17 games unbeaten since 2017. Man United got 16 between 2007 and 2010, while Ajax had 14 between 1994 and 1997.


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