Robert Lewandowski scored the first of Bayern Munich’s three goals in their 3-1 win over RB Salzburg in the Champions League on Wednesday. The win, combined with Atletico Madrid’s 0-0 draw with Lokomotiv Moscow meant that Bayern officially clinched their advancement to the knockout stages of the competition and mathematically won group A.
Lewandowski’s finely taken left-footed goal just before the stroke of halftime broke the deadlock and officially took him into the top 3 of all time goals scored in the Champions League (Az). With his goal, Lewandowski is now level on all time Champions League goals (71) with Raúl Gonzalez Blanco, who scored all of his goals in the competition playing for both Real Madrid and Schalke 04. Between both Real Madrid and Schalke, Raúl played for them collectively for 16 years, but Lewandowski has only played for Bayern and Borussia Dortmund for a total of 10 years, so he’s reached 71 goals quicker than Raúl.
Who else? Robert Lewandowski follows up and it's 1-0 Bayern. His 71st in the Champions League. pic.twitter.com/D5R8qXgnhk— Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) November 25, 2020
Now that Lewandowski is level with Raúl, only Cristiano Ronaldo (131) and Lionel Messi (118) have scored more Champions League goals in their careers. Of course, both Ronaldo and Messi have been playing a bit longer than Lewandowski in the competition, but it’s still an uphill task for the Polish ace to get close to their tallies since they’re both still playing.
It’s also slightly overlooked that Bayern’s Thomas Muller is also in the top 10 for Champions League goals scored. At 46 goals, he’s level with former Italian footballer Filippo Inzaghi. He hasn’t scored a Champions League goal yet this season, but he has provided three assists in the competition; two in the 6-2 win over RB Salzburg, and one in the 4-0 win over Atletico Madrid. His three assists is a second-best mark in the competition thus far behind Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne and Juventus’s Juan Cuadrado at 4 a piece.