Ballon d’Or: Bayern Munich campaigns for Lewandowski

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.

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.