Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels is the latest to express his admiration for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, heralding the Pole as a 'complete machine'.
Lewandowski has enjoyed a rich vein of form lately, having scored ten goals in six league games this season, with five of those coming against Wolfsburg last week in an incredible nine-minute flurry.
An outstanding feat that is unlikely to be repeated anytime soon, with the 27-year-old most recently scoring a brace against Mainz to take his tally in the Bundesliga past the 100-goal mark in 168 matches.
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And according to the Daily Mail, former team-mate Hummels couldn't help but be happy for the Poland international when he scored his five-goal haul.
"I had an incredulous smile on my face when [Lewandowski] scored his five goals, since I don’t see the shirt or the club for which he plays, just an exceptional striker," he said.
"You can enjoy his goals, even as part of BVB. He is a complete machine. No matter what he does, he doesn’t have to answer to anyone.
"He did something unpredictable and extraordinary at BVB.”
The duo played alongside each other and were the architects behind Dortmund’s best years under Jurgen Klopp, and whilst Lewandowski now dons Bayern colours, that has not deterred Hummels from praising the striker.
After the departure of Klopp, Thomas Tuchel took over the reigns at Signal Iduna Park and has completely transformed Dormund from last season.
Both Bayern and Dortmund are yet to lose this season with only five points separating the top two, and are set to take on each other in a mouth-watering top of the table clash next Sunday at Allianz Arena.
One of the key members in Dortmund’s back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, Lewandowski has established himself as one of football's best strikers, both in Dortmund colours and as a Bavarian.
His scintillating form should mean for a fierce battle between himself and Hummels, then, with the pair having to put friendship to one side when they go toe-to-toe this weekend.