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Julian Nagelsmann raves over Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowki put on a show against Benfica.

SpVgg Greuther Fuerth v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Roland Krivec/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

For years, Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann had the unpleasant experience of working against Robert Lewandowski. Now, with the offensive superstar on his side, Nagelsmann can get a full appreciation for his star player.

“He played in every offensive position, wanted to have every ball. He started good attacks... he always wants to score more goals,” Nagelsmann said (as captured by Reuters). “His numbers are impressive. Well, we are now aiming for him to score 100 Champions League goals. Maybe not this year, this will be a tight one. But he will achieve this hopefully.”

When asked to compare his player to perennial Ballon d’ Or contenders like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, Nagelsmann thinks his striker is in that class — and can continue to have success deep into his career like those players.

“I think all three were very impressive players over the last few years. I believe that Lewy can achieve a lot, also at an older age, because of his physique, lifestyle and the way he lives as a footballer,” Nagelsmann said. “He will continue to be the best forward in the world because he does everything to keep it that way.”