Robert Lewandowski could equal his Bundesliga record of scoring in the most consecutive matches this weekend.
The 31-year-old Polish marksman is enjoying a prolific campaign for Bayern Munich having scored 23 goals across 18 matches in all competitions so far.
Lewandowski’s incredible form: Five key things to know…
- Lewandowski has scored 16 goals across 11 league matches this season.
- No one has scored more across Europe’s top five leagues than Bayern’s number nine.
- He’s scored in each of the Bundesliga’s opening 11 matchdays.
- If he scores this weekend against Fortuna Düsseldorf, he equals his own league record.
- Lionel Messi holds the world record of 21 matches.
He’s currently the most prolific scorer across Europe’s top five divisions with 16 goals in 11 league appearances.
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea), Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City) and Ciro Immobile (Lazio) are the only other players to have reached double figures.
What’s more remarkable is Lewandowski has bagged a goal in each of Bayern’s opening 11 Bundesliga outings; meaning he can match one of his own records against Fortuna Dusseldorf this weekend.
Back in the 2012/13 season, when Lewandowski represented Borussia Dortmund, he scored in 12 successive league games which is not only a Bundesliga record but nine games away from Lionel Messi’s world record, according to AS.
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Most consecutive league games scored in
- Lionel Messi, Barcelona (2013/14) — 21 games, 33 goals
- Josef Martinez, Atlanta United (2019) — 15 games, 21 goals
- Tor Henning Hamre, Flora Tallin (2003) — 15 games, 21 goals
- Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund (2012/13) — 12 games, 14 goals
- Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund (2019/20) — 11 games, 16 goals
- Jamie Vardy, Leicester City (2015/16) — 11 games, 13 goals
- Ara Hakobian, Banants Yerevan (2003) — 11 games, 23 goals
- Jose Cardozo, CD Toluca (2002/03) — 11 games, 20 goals
- Gabriel Batistuta, Fiorentina (1994/95) — 11 games, 13 goals
Age is just a number
Lewandowski, as touched upon, turned 31 after Bayern’s opening Bundesliga game.
Of the 18 matches he’s taken part so far in this season, Lewandowski has only failed to score against VfL Bochum in the DFB-Pokal and Borussia Dortmund in the DFL-Supercup.
Asked if he was in the form of his life, Lewandowski was adamant that his best is yet to come.
“Probably, yes. I have worked very hard for this form. At the moment, things are going perfectly, my body feels good. It’s good to know that, but that doesn’t mean I’m resting,” he told Sport Bild.
“I want to get even better. I’m able to play this well and score a lot of goals because of my body and attitude. That was my idea before the season: I still want to improve at a high level and try things I haven’t done before.
“I know my body perfectly. I know when I can do more and when I have to slow down. My passport says, ‘Robert Lewandowski, 31 years old’. But I don’t feel like I’m 31. The best time of my career has only just begun and will hopefully last a few more years. The best is yet to come. And I’m not just saying that.
“All my life, I have been a late bloomer. I have always taken the steps in my development with some delay and was always two or three years behind. So the number 31 doesn’t mean 31 to me.”