Robert Lewandowski marked a milestone look with a hat-trick because the Polish star guided Bayern Munich to victory.
The scored three of Bayern’s 5 objectives within the 5-2 win over Benfica, a match that noticed the German giants lock up their spot within the Champions League’s knockout rounds.
And Lewandowski’s objectives additionally noticed him mark his one centesimal look with yet one more star efficiency, one thing he has turn out to be recognized for over time.
The numbers behind the objectives
In whole, Lewandowski has 81 objectives in his 100 Champions League video games, making him one of many competitors’s most prolific gamers.
He trails solely Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who’ve 139 and 123 objectives respectively. Ronaldo, although, has performed in 180 Champions League video games whereas Messi has featured within the competitors 152 instances to date.
Lewandowski can be this season’s main scorer, having scored eight objectives in 4 video games to start out the group stage marketing campaign.
Solely Messi and Ronaldo have extra hat-tricks than Lewandowski as nicely, with the 2 having eight every in comparison with Lewandowski’s 4.
What was mentioned?
“I by no means thought that we may play so many matches with so many objectives and assists,” Lewandowski admitted mentioned after the match. “In the course of the first 20 minutes, I hardly had the ball. Within the second half, it’s not that straightforward for an attacker to stay affected person. After the primary objective, it is at all times a little bit simpler.”
Added Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann: “He shouldn’t be lowered to solely his objectives tonight, however after all he has proven his energy of character and he’s at all times trying to rating.
“He’s and can stay for a very long time to return the most effective striker on the planet.”