A football striker has the utmost responsibility of getting the ball into the opposition’s net. Goals win matches, and a striker is only as good as his last goal. Robert Lewandowski is a 27-year-old Polish national team striker contracted by German football giants Bayern Munich. He has earned a national hero status and amassed over 70 caps representing his country, scoring 30 goals in the process.
He is not a physically imposing figure upfront, but the man is as efficient as they come. Standing at six ft. Tall, Lewandowski is one of the most feared and sought after strikers of this decade. He stamped his way into the football elite during his time at Borussia Dortmund where he led the team to two Bundesliga titles before leaving for Munich on a free transfer in the year 2014. He has consistently tormented defenses in Germany and across Europe.
Goals come naturally for Lewandowski. Currently on a hot streak of form, the man in the no. 9 shirts has reached the 100 goal mark in the least time than any other player in the history of the game. Numbers don’t lie. Lewandowski’s scoring record over the years has been unbelievable, at times averaging more goals than entire clubs over a season. This humble man has never had problems scoring goals throughout his career. In the 2014/15 season, he was the joint top scorer in the league with 17 goals alongside Dutch teammate Arjen Robben.
In this 2015/16 season, Lewandowski has played eight games for Bayern Munich, scoring 12 goals with an impressive shot to goal ratio of 3:1. He is currently the top scorer in all leagues across Europe. Ten of his goals have come in the last three games. The Pole came on as a second-half substitute in a recent Bundesliga match against VFL Wolfsburg, scoring a stunning five goals in nine minutes. This also represents a new record for the fastest hat-trick, fastest four and five goals Bundesliga history. It’s a rare accomplishment in football done by one of the most complete forwards in the game today.
Lewandowski also broke history by being the first substitute in the League’s history to score a quintet. The tally of five goals in nine minutes beats the goals scored by Manchester United Captain Wayne Rooney for 2015 and the tally of goals scored by Liverpool so far this season. Lewandowski can now be mentioned in the same breath as Dieter Muller whose six goals for Fc Koln ensured a 7-2 win against Werder Bremen in 1977. Lewandowski is now the thirteenth player in the history of Bundesliga to have scored five goals in a single game.
In English football, Legends Andy Cole and Dimitar Berbatov of Manchester United, Newcastle’s Alan Shearer, and Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe have all managed to score five goals in one game. Most recently Sergio Aguero scored five goals in twenty minutes against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium, the fastest quintet ever. In 1935, another Legend Ted Drake scored all seven goals for Arsenal in a 7-1 win over Aston Villa.
Perhaps the only players better than Lewandowski at the moment are Spanish based Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo has scored twenty-nine La Liga hat-tricks and is now Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer after the five goals he scored against Espanyol put him above Raul’s tally. Messi has scored twenty-four La Liga hat-tricks on the other hand. Messi has also scored four goals in a single game on three occasions.
Robert Lewandowski’s goal haul hasn’t stopped there. After the annihilation of Wolfsburg, he scored a brace in a 3-0 win over FSV Mainz just four days later. After this game, his tally of goals in the German top flight rose to 101 in 168 appearances, a record not matched by any other foreign player in the league. In match day two of the Champions League a week ago, he scored a delightful hat-trick as Bayern Munich beat Dinamo Zagreb 5-0. The in-form striker has ten goals in three games over a period of one week. He entered into the season-defining match against his former club and managed to score twice as his team condemned the Dortmund outfit to an embarrassing 5-1 defeat.
Lewandowski has now scored 12 goals in 8 Bundesliga appearances this season. At this indefatigable rate, he could well hit the 30 goal mark at the climax of the season, playing a lead role in helping Bayern retain the title. His performances have earned him praise and admiration of teammates and his manager Pep Guardiola. Opponents will have a rough time keeping this goal-scoring machine quiet during a game. Robert is relishing the upcoming Bayern Munich- Arsenal Champions League match. The 27-year-old is at that stage where strikers are at their peak. A good performance could see him considered for the Balon d’ or award alongside perennial contenders Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.