Thank you Lewy! A brace and top form into the FIFA Best vote
If one had used a crystal ball before the home match against VfL Wolfsburg to predict who might be the match-winner of the game, a bet on Robert Lewandowski to be the one to win the game would probably not have surprised anyone. The Polish world-class attacker had already scored almost at will against the Wolves in the past and was able to add to his impressive tally on Wednesday evening.
Celebratory goal against his favourite opponent
"I'm happy that I was able to score twice today and that we were able to win all three points," said the 32-year-old after scoring both Bayern goals in the 2-1 win. After 20 Bundesliga matches against VfL, he now has an incredible 23 goals, an already historic feat: Only Gerd Müller has scored more often against the same opponent in Bundesliga history, with a total of 27 goals against HSV.
But that is not the only respect in which Lewandowski is on a par with the most prolific Bundesliga striker ever. His equaliser against Wolfsburg was his 250th goal in his 332nd Bundesliga match. Only Der Bomber needed fewer matches to reach this mark (284 matches). Lewandowski lies third in the all-time rankings behind Klaus Fischer on 268 goals.
Hoping for ‘deserved award’
The Pole has made it onto the shortlist of The Best FIFA Men’s Player thanks to his consistently strong performances. He might be crowned best player in 2020 about 24 hours after his superb display. His coach Hansi Flick stressed Lewandowski’s “outstanding quality” after the final whistle. The same goes for Manuel Neuer, who has made it onto the shortlist of The Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper. “We hope Manu and Lewy will win the awards,” added the 55-year-old.
Lewandowski had other things on his mind on Wednesday. “I haven’t really thought about it, I just focused on the game against Wolfsburg,” the scorer said after the final whistle, and the performance he had just turned in underlined that.
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