Robert Lewandowski marked a new stage in his career by scoring a hat-trick and leading Bayern Munich to victory.
He scored three of Bayern’s five goals in the 5-2 win over Benfica, a game that saw the German giants advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Lewandowski’s goals also saw him mark his 100th appearance with a new star performance, which has become a habit for him over the years.
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Lewandowski does better than CR7 and Messi
In total, Lewandowski has scored 81 goals in 100 Champions League appearances, making him one of the most prolific players in the competition.
He is second only to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have 139 and 123 goals respectively. However, Ronaldo has made 180 Champions League appearances, while Messi has appeared in the competition 152 times so far.
Lewandowski is also the top scorer this season, having scored eight goals in four games to start the group stage campaign.
Only Messi and Ronaldo have more hat-tricks than Lewandowski too, with the two having eight each against Lewandowski’s four.
Enough for the Ballon d’Or?
“I never thought we could play so many games with so many goals and assists,” Lewandowski admitted after the game. “During the first 20 minutes I hardly got the ball. In the second half it is not that easy for a striker to stay patient. After the first goal it is always a little easier. . “
And Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern boss, added: “He shouldn’t be reduced to his goals alone tonight, but of course he has shown his strength of character and he’s always looking to score.”
“He is and will be the best striker in the world for a long time to come.”
Same story with Kingsley Coman, who campaigns to see his teammate win the Ballon d’Or, in a month.
“Yes, of course. Lewandowski deserves the Ballon d’Or for this season and for the season before. For everything he’s done, he’s the one who deserves it.”, explained the French at the microphone of beIN Sports.