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Robert Lewandowski: Bayern striker is the world’s best

The date is the 26th of November. Robert Lewandowski already has 27 goals. We are in November, let that sink in. After his scintillating start to the season, which has seen him score in EVERY (yes, every) game he has played in – it’s about time we started to regard the Pole as one of the world’s best players.

Just this evening, he scored 4 goals in 14 minutes to destroy Red Star Belgrade. A goal every 3 and half minutes. Perhaps the term goal scoring machine is overused. But this man is the DEFINITION of one. Ridiculous finishing and to this day, he’s still criminally underrated. Put some respect of Lewa’s name.

The Bayern striker has scored as many league goals as Arsenal and Manchester United, in fewer games. He is on course to surpass Gerd Muller’s incredible record of 40 goals in a Bundesliga season, which would be an amazing feat for an 18-team league, with fewer matches than the other top European Leagues. His current average of 1.45 goals per game has him on course for almost 50 Bundesliga goals this season. Truly obscene. Can he keep up such form throughout a long and rigorous season? I wouldn’t be surprised…

Can he take the crown?

We have all known about Robert Lewandowski and his footballing ability for years now. But there has been a general feeling within the footballing community that he could never been put into the same category as the Messi’s and Ronaldo’s of the world. He just didn’t produce when it mattered. Fast forward to November of the 2019/20 season, he’s getting the credit he deserves. Here is why I think the former Dortmund man can be regarded as the best in the world, at least for the moment.

In years gone by, Messi and Ronaldo would be shoe-ins for the title of the best Men’s player, but with the two showing cracks in their armour at the moment – Messi’s injuries becoming more regular and CR7’s current discontent at Juve – the mantle is there to be taken.

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With 16 goals in the Bundesliga and 6 in the Champions League, Lewandowski seems to producing 10/10 performances every week. One has to think where Bayern Munich would be without the Pole, seeing as they are sitting 3rd in the Bundeliga, 4 points behind surprise leaders Borrusia Mönchengladbach. Saving them from embarrassment, all on his own

It is not a well-kept secret that the 31 year old is lethal in-front of goal. But the Polish forward’s game has multiple facets that are not appreciated enough:

Robert Lewandowski – Style of Play

Physically, he is everything one could want. Strong on the ball and in the air, quick once up to full speed, agile enough to carry the ball in transition.

His experience with Die Borussen has impacted his game drastically, for the better. Everything the perfect Klopp’s CF needs, Robert has. Excellent ball control, the ability to press from the front and the natural arrogance needed in any No.9. Then came along Pep, and he helped turn Lewandowski into a monster. The spatial awareness he would have learnt in a Pep system has helped Robert become a headache for defenders.

When taking a look into his stats for the season, it is interesting to see that the Polish captain has average 2.3 key passes per game in the Champions League, compared to the 0.7 in the Bundesliga, according to WhoScored. It could highlight that Lewandowski has been handed an adapted role within the Champions League, in order to help open up the best from across Europe. This has transpired in him receiving an average 8.94 match rating across the 4 matches he has played so far in the Champions League.

Out of this world

“Robert Lewandowski has never been so good”

Serge Gnabry in a recent Bundesliga interview, talking about his Munich teammate

He has more goals this calender year than Lionel Messi (48 to the Argentine’s 45). Lionel picked up FIFA Best Men’s Player award in September, while Lewandowski wasn’t even nominated. The Poland all time top scorer has tallied up 40-plus goals in the last 4 seasons. But he wasn’t even shortlisted for the Ballon d’Or in 2018 and has barely been in the conversation in recent years. I think it is about time we recognise greatness. We are seeing from one of the most prolific number 9’s of this decade, Robert Lewandowski.

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