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Miroslav Klose: Robert Lewandowski is the modern-day me – but 10x better

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:45, 13 October 2019

Miroslav Klose has described Robert Lewandowski as “10 times better” than he ever was following his latest escapade.

The 31-year-old Bayern Munich striker recently netted his sixth international hat-trick as Poland ran out 3-0 winners away to Latvia.

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  • Klose believes Lewandowski is “10 times better” than he ever was.
  • Klose ended an 18-year playing career in 2016 having registered over 300 goals for club and country.
  • The legendary German marksman holds the record for most World Cup finals goals (16).
  • Lewandowski is widely-considered as Europe’s most dangerous number nine.
  • So far this season, he’s bagged 18 goals across 17 games, which includes a recent hat-trick for Poland.

Since the beginning of the 2019/20 season, Lewandowski has bagged 18 goals across 17 official matches for club and country. His 11 goals in the Bundesliga, which is six more than Paco Alcácer (Borussia Dortmund) and Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), sees him currently lead the race to finish as top scorer.

To date, he’s won no fewer than four “kicker Torjägerkanone” (kicker top scorer cannon), which is presented to the league’s leading marksman, including in the last two seasons. At the moment, Lewandowski is Bayern’s fourth-most prolific goalscorer (206) behind Gerd Müller (564), Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (218) and Rainer Ohlhauser (215).

Many have made the comparisons with Klose, who is the most prolific goalscorer in World Cup finals history, but the former Bayern man feels that does a disservice to who many consider as Europe’s most lethal centre-forward.

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“Robert Lewandowski plays a bit like I did, but he’s 10 times better than I ever was,” he told Sport Bild.

“He’s the complete striker, uses both feet, is strong in the air and has a great shot on him.”

Lewandowski’s Bayern travel to Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, looking to bounce back from their shock 2-1 defeat at home to Hoffenheim last time out.