Robert Lewandowski has been regarded as one of Europe’s top strikers for quite some time. The 27 Polish captain has scored goals throughout his career.
He managed 37 in 63 for Znicz Pruszków, 41 in 82 for Lech Poznań, an incredible 103 in 186 for Borussia Dortmund, and 41 in 60 for Bayern Munich thus far.
As if this wasn’t impressive enough, he has reached 100+ goals in Germany's top division quicker than any other overseas player.
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With the heroics of Messi and Ronaldo in recent history, it can sometimes easy to overlook other world class players. The two have been considered the best of their generation, and rightly so. But on current form, it could be claimed that Robert Lewandowski is not just the best striker, but also the best player in the world at the moment.
Lionel Messi has been sidelined for eight weeks through injury, and Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be struggling to find his best form. In contrast, Lewandowski looks set to record the best season of his career to date.
Poland’s coach Adam Nawalka stated this week “For the time being Robert Lewandowski is the best number nine in the world.”
Lewandowski is the perfect number nine, and he possesses all of the necessary attributes to be a world-class striker. He is tall, strong, quick and skilled with both feet. Bayern Munich are sitting comfortably atop the Bundesliga, and Lewandowski has been a key contributor to this early season success, with 12 goals in seven league games.
This makes him the leading scorer across Europe’s top five leagues.
Statistically this season, Lewandowski’s conversion rate is staggering, as it stands at almost 50%. To put this into perspective, he averages a goal every 26 minutes in the Bundesliga! The Pole has been breaking records for fun this season.
Lewandowski’s potency can be summarised by his display against Wolfsburg. After coming on as a second-half substitute, with Munich trailing 1-0, he scored five goals in nine minutes to put his side 5-1 up.
Unsurprisingly, this was the fastest five goals in Bundesliga (and European) history. He also boasts the record for the fastest Bundesliga hat-trick (four minutes).
Lewandowski also netted his first international hat-trick against Gibraltar in September. He has scored eight in his last five for Poland (not including the republic of Ireland result), including a crucial brace against Scotland on Thursday night. These two goals made it 14 in his last five both domestically and internationally, and his record stands at 31 goals in 71 appearances for Poland.
It is only October, and remarkably, Lewandowski has hit 21 goals for club and country, and he is showing no signs of letting up. With Messi injured and Ronaldo out of form, this could be the striker's chance to be the world's standout player this season.
One thing is certain, Lewandowski has earned the right to be regarded as one of the best.