Lewandowski claims his own personal treble
Robert Lewandowski secured a very special treble of his own as he finished the Champions League season as the top goalscorer. Having already topped the goalscoring charts in the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup in 2019/20, the Bayern frontman also scored more goals than anyone else in Europe this season. It’s also the first time since 2006/07 (when Kaká claimed the crown) that neither Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi have been top scorer. “He’s just had an incredible season,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Leaving the competition in his wake
In just 11 games in Europe’s premier club competition, the Pole netted no fewer than 15 times, putting him way ahead of nearest challengers Erling Braut Haaland (10 for RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund) and teammate Serge Gnabry (9). He also registered six assists.
Until the final, Lewandowski had found the net in every match, with the exception of the reverse fixture against Tottenham in which he was an unused substitute. In total the Pole hit 10 goals in the group stage, including four in the space of 14 minutes and 32 seconds in the 6-0 victory at Red Star Belgrade – the fastest four-goal haul in Champions League history!
No stopping Lewandowski
There was no stopping him in the knockout rounds either. After three goals across the two legs of the last-16 tie against Chelsea, there was a goal apiece in the quarter-final against Barcelona and the semi-final against Lyon. It was only in the final against Paris Saint-Germain that the Pole failed to get on the scoresheet.
Following in the footsteps of Hoeneß, Müller and Rummenigge
The 32-year-old becomes the first Bayern player to be the top goalscorer in the Champions League. In the preceding competition, the European Cup, Dieter Hoeneß, Gerd Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge all claimed the crown. The latter highlighted the importance of the star striker before the final and reiterated that Lewandowski also deserves to be named the best men’s player in the world.
Read up on the key moments from the treble win in the match report: