Lewandowski's Goalscoring Record Continues to ImpressRobert 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.
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI WITH A GAME-WINNING GOAL FOR BARCELONA AGAINST VALENCIA 🔥 pic.twitter.com/NK6IafZidB— DAZN Football (@DAZNFootball) October 29, 2022
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 LegacyOccasionally 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 BayernThe 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 AspirationsLewandowski 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.
PSG and Argentina forward Lionel Messi wins the 2021 Ballon d'Or to the best men's soccer player in the world for 2021. Messi wins the award for a record-extending 7th time.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 29, 2021
He won his first major trophy for Argentina this summer as the Copa América player of the tournament. pic.twitter.com/smtHVu0etB
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.