Is Robert Lewandowski the best striker in the world?

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Is Robert Lewandowski the best striker in the world? Well, to be honest, there is very evidence to suggest otherwise at the moment, the Bayern Munich frontman is on fire.

He has stormed into the headlines last week, because, over the space of three games/eight days, he has scored a staggering ten goals.

To add to this feat, he added another class brace against huge Bundesliga rivals and former club Borussia Dortmund at the weekend, in a game that his side won emphatically 5-1.


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Record breaker

This impressive stat was largely due to his record breaking performance against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga just about a fortnight ago.

At 1-0 down, manager Pep Guardiola brought him off the bench at half-time and little did he know that the Polish striker would net five times in nine minutes, including an impressive flying volley to seal his quintuplets of goals.

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Seemingly everything that he touched from there onwards in would turn to gold dust, bagging a brace at the weekend against Mainz, added a hat-trick in the Champions League on Tuesday night against Dinamo Zagreb, and was at the double again against Dortmund a few days ago.

Surprise! Or not ...

For those who follow football, the 27-year-old finisher from Warsaw boasts an impressive backlog of goalscoring statistics throughout a somewhat illustrious career.

Lewandowski scored 92 competitive goals in 137 games for Dortmund, and it's no wonder that they catapulted into stardom earlier this decade.

Since signing for Pep Guardiola's side in July 2014, he has scored 38 goals in 49 games, of which this season he has contributed 14 of them and we aren't even a third of the way through the season.

In his domestic career, for the four different clubs he has played for, he has scored 222 goals in 391 games. He scores a goal every 1.76 games, an incredible stat. Equally as good is the fact that for each of his four clubs he has scored over 30 goals during his employ.

Lewandowski was one of Jurgen Klopp's star men as he lead Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles from 2010-2012. He has also won the Bundesliga for Munich and missed out on the famous Champions League trophy in 2013 against his current employees at Wembley.

International stage

For his international side Poland, he has scored 29 goals in 70 appearances which for an international striker is an impressive stat considering he is only 27 years of age, going into what is considered by many to be the peak of a professional's career.

The Home nations' hopes of qualification for next year's Euros in France somewhat lay on his shoulders as both Scotland and the Republic of Ireland face off against Poland in their bid to secure the second automatic qualification spot behind group leaders and world champions Germany.

So who compares?

How does the Munich frontman compare to the competition? And let's for one second exclude the ungodly and inhumane statistics of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the latter of whom surpassed 500 career goals on Wednesday night in Real Madrid's Champions League victory at Malmo.

Right now, in terms of out and out strikers, his competition would include Karim Benzema, Luis Suarez and premier league duo Diego Costa and Sergio Aguero, despite the two both struggling for form this season.

Karim Benzema:

Karim Benzema is without doubt one of the best strikers in world football. And in all honesty, playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and the world's most expensive player Gareth Bale, he is somewhat overlooked.

The French striker is deadly in front of goal, and ever since his Lyon days, he has provided ample contribution to the side he plays for, with copious amounts of goals.

Benzema boasts a tally of 150 club goals in 325 appearances, which is an impressive ratio of a goal virtually every couple of games (2.17 games).

Arguably, playing in La Liga it is 'easier' to score goals and thrashings are far more common, but needless to say goals need to be scored and Benzema repeatedly serves up goals, just like he did in the Madrid derby at the weekend, netting goal number six of the campaign.

Internationally for France, the Muslim born striker has scored 25 goals during his 77 caps, which is not quite as good as Lewandowski.

Rank: 3rd

Luis Suarez:

Luis Suarez is a well-known name around the world for many reasons, not merely his footballing skills, but his gamesman like tactics behind the officials back.

The former Liverpool man now plies his trade in Catalonia and provided an even more deadly edge to their attack, in the trio of Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr.

In his career, the Uruguayan finisher has an extremely impressive haul. He has netted 189 times in domestic football, in 308 appearances, which averages out at an outstanding one goal every 1.63 games.

For his country, Suarez has scored 43 goals in 82 games which is more than a goal every two games, which is in fact better than the Poland striker.

Playing in the front three at Barcelona will surely help him add more and more goals to his tally, and he will undoubtedly go down as one of the best ever.

Rank: 2nd

Diego Costa:

The current Spain and Chelsea forward burst onto the scene a couple of years ago, enjoying a couple of prolific seasons in La Liga with Atletico Madrid before switching the Spanish capital for the English capital when he joined Chelsea in 2014.

The aggressive striker was immediately loved by the west London faithful and netted 21 times in 32 games in a debut season that also contained a recurrent thigh injury.

In his career, Costa has played for a number of different clubs and has scored a total of 109 competitive club goals in 260 games, averaging a goal every 2.39 games.

Despite struggling to find his feet in his second season for the blues, when he returns domestically from his three-match ban for violent conduct, there is little doubt that he will light up the Premier League once more.

Rank: 5th

Sergio Aguero:

We all know Sergio Aguero for providing English football fans with one of the greatest moments in footballing history, netting a last minute goal against QPR to seal City's first ever Premier League trophy. And, of course, we all remember the famous 'AGUEEEEERROOOOOO!!!!'.

The Argentinian has had the chance to play alongside the best talent for club and country, including the likes of David Silva, Yaya Toure, David Villa and of course Lionel Messi.

In his club career, he's scored 176 goals in 356 games which is around a goal every two games, equally as impressive as his competitors.

Internationally, he has scored 32 goals for his 68 caps and has a similar goals to games ratio as his club career.

He has struggled with injury at different stages in his career and is currently trying to regain his deadly form, however, he looks to have kick-started his season with his performance at the weekend against struggling Newcastle United.

The Argentine followed in the steps of Lewandowski by netting five times in a destructive 6-1 City win, and did so in the space of 20 minutes, albeit either side of the interval.

If he can continue such a vein of form, then he will justify his manager Manuel Pellegrini's comparison to the likes of Messi and Ronaldo.

Rank: 4th

Simply the best

All in all, there is no doubting the class of these five excellent players, but his current form, on top of his rise to prominence over the last five years, have catapulted Robert Lewandowski into the spotlight.

It's safe to say that he is now the best striker in the world, and the Pole will be looking to add to his tally this week in the penultimate and ultimate European Qualifiers against Scotland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Luis Suarez
Premier League
Diego Costa
Sergio Aguero
Karim Benzema
Bayern Munich
Robert Lewandowski
Borussia Dortmund

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