For the fifth year in a row, Robert Lewandowski has been named Poland's "Footballer of the Year," winning the official vote held by the Polish magazine Piłka Nożna ("Football"). This follows on his winning "Athlete of the Year 2015" in Poland.
Looking back on 2015, Lewandowski said: "2015 was a wonderful year - for me and for all Polish fans. I hope that 2016 continues the same way and that I can celebrate great successes with Bayern Munich and the Polish national team."
Lewandowski's numbers in 2015 are the stuff of legend. Combining goals from the relevant halves of the 2014/15 and 2015/16 seasons, he scored 25 goals in the Bundesliga, 11 in the Champions League, and 9 for the Polish National Team. He set several world records in a single-handed (footed?) five-goal blitz of Wolfsburg on September 28, 2015.
As captain of the Polish national team, Lewandowski helped Poland to a second-place finish in Germany's group, one point behind the reigning world champions. He will face his friends on the German National Team again during the group phase of the UEFA Euro 2016 on the second match day.
Lewandowski's 2016 so far has started with four goals in three games. In the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, he has 19 goals in 19 games and is chasing Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the distinction of the top goal-scorer in the Bundesliga, which Lewandowski himself won with Dortmund in 2014 (20 goals). He has an astonishing 27 goals in 28 games across competitions.