Lewandowski's Goalscoring Record Continues to Impress

Robert Lewandowski is one of the most prolific goalscorers in the history of European football, and despite being 34 years old now, the Poland international continues to find the back of the net regularly.

Lewandowski moved to Barcelona back in the summer, and some questioned whether he would be able to keep up his goalscoring exploits in a new team. The new Barca star has put those doubts to bed in the early stages of his campaign in Spain, scoring 18 goals in all competitions from his opening 17 games.

Sports Stars with a Legacy

Occasionally in sports, players defy age and what you would expect from somebody in the twilight stages of their career. Tom Brady remains one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL at the age of 45, while in snooker, Ronnie O'Sullivan is having success despite being 46. The Rocket is the 9/2 joint-favourite in the UK Championship betting for a record-extending eighth win in the Triple Crown event later this year.

Lewandowski will take inspiration from what Brady and O'Sullivan continue to achieve in their respective sports. He moved to Barcelona for a new challenge in his career, and he will be hoping to bring silverware back to the Spanish giants.

Remarkable Eight-Year Spell with Bayern

The Polish striker spent eight years with Bayern Munich in Germany, and it proved to be one of the most impressive spells by any player in the club's history. Lewandowski scored 344 goals in 375 games in all competitions. 238 of those goals came in the Bundesliga.

It was in the latter stages of his time in Germany that Lewandowski produced his best season tallies. In the 2020/21 Bundesliga season, he hit 41 goals, breaking Gerd Muller's record from 1970 for the most individual goals in a German league campaign.

In his final season in Germany, the Bayern man reached the half-century mark once again. He departed the club having won eight Bundesliga titles, the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup for the Munich club.

Ballon d'Or Aspirations

Lewandowski is unfortunate not to have won the Ballon d'Or at least once during his career. In 2020, the award was not given out at the end of the year. If it had, it probably would have gone his way.

The former Bayern Munich striker had to settle for second place behind Lionel Messi in 2021. Lewandowski received 583 votes compared to Messi's tally of 613. The Argentine man helped his country to Copa America success, which may have swung it in his favour, rather than achievements in club football.

Lewandowski will be hoping his move to Barcelona keeps alive his hopes of winning a first Ballon d'Or trophy. If he continues in the form he is showing, he will be a strong contender in 2023.

It remains to be seen how long the Polish player will continue playing. He has been fortunate to avoid major injuries throughout his career, and with 600 club goals not far away, he will feel he has many milestones in his sights before he considers retirement.
Andrea Sugler has followed football his whole life and above all the Swedish national team. As Andrea lives in Stockholm, she sees most of the international matches on site, but has also been to most of the European Championships and World Cups in recent years when Sweden has participated, the first time already back in 1992 during the European Championship in Sweden. Andrea also likes to write about football and games, sometimes with successful results.