Lewandowski threatens to break Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League record

marca.com, 9 August 2020, 15:51
Lewandowski threatens to break Cristiano Ronaldo

S hould Robert Lewandowski grab another five goals in the remainder of this season's Champions League, he would break Cristiano Ronaldo 's record for the most goals scored in the tournament in a single campaign.

The Portuguese forward netted as many as 17 times in the 2013/14 course, while the Poland international has mustered 13 goals this season.

Lewandowski recently saw Ciro Immobile overtake him in the list of Europe's top scorers as the Lazio striker won the European Golden Boot.

However, their numbers are a bit misleading as although Immobile netted 36 goals compared to Lewandowski 's 34, he did so in 37 games compared to his counterpart's 31 matches.

The Pole's 1.09 goal-per-game ratio betters the Italian's 0.97, while it should be noted that Serie A has 20 teams and the Bundesliga has 18, which means that there are four games fewer.

Meanwhile, Lewandowski is averaging 1.85 goals per match this season in Europe, a spectacular achievement that has played a key part in Bayern Munich qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Furthermore, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 31-year-old striker won't have the opportunity to play two-legged quarter-finals and semi-finals in the event the Bavarians progress in the competition.

Back in 2014, when he set the record, Cristiano had netted 14 times with three games to go.

What is quite certain is that Lewandowski will be this season's top scorer, followed by Erling Haaland with 10, while Memphis Depay and Gabriel Jesus have managed six apiece.

Cristiano has registered the three top-scoring seasons in the Champions League, with 17 goals in 2013/14, 16 in 2015/16 and 15 in 2017/18.

Lewandowski currently sits fifth in the list behind Lionel Messi, who scored 14 times in 2011/12.

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