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‘Robert Lewandowski is on the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo right now’ – Timo Werner

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 16:10, 15 November 2019

Timo Werner believes Robert Lewandowski is operating at the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 31-year-old Bayern Munich marksman is enjoying a productive season in front of goal having bagged 23 goals across 18 matches in all competitions to date.

Five key things to know about Robert Lewandowski’s form in 2019/20…

  • Robert Lewandowski has scored in each of the opening 11 Bundesliga matchdays.
  • He is the first player in history to achieve this feat.
  • Lewandowski, who has 16 league goals overall with Bayern, currently leads this season’s European Golden Boot race.
  • Only Lionel Messi (29) has scored more league goals in Europe’s top 10 divisions than him (28) this calendar year.
  • Werner believes only Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are on Lewandowski’s level right now.

Lewandowski’s efforts in the Bundesliga have him as the current frontrunner in the race for this season’s European golden boot, and only Messi (29) has scored more than him (28) across Europe’s top 10 leagues in 2019. Ronaldo has five goals in Serie A with Juventus this term so far and 12 in 2019 overall.

Last time out against former club Borussia Dortmund, Lewandowski maintained his record of scoring in every league outing while smashing Gerd Muller’s record for the most Bundesliga goals scored in the opening 11 matchdays.

Bayern’s number nine has now registered 16 goals, one more than the legendary German centre-forward managed 55 years ago, and he is currently one of just two players in Germany’s top flight to have reached double figures.

The other is RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner (on 11), who has been incessantly linked with a transfer to Bayern, where he is thought to be seen as a potential long-term successor to Lewandowski. The German international has nothing but praise for his the Polish counterpart, whom he believes should be categorised in the same class as Messi and Ronaldo.

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“It’s hard [to be top-scorer],” he told reporters.

“When you score two goals against Hertha Berlin and then watch the game evening game, having scored four or three goals less than Robert Lewandowski this season, and he scores twice against Borussia Dortmund…

“Against whom is he not going to score? That’s very hard. How he is playing at the moment, maybe only one or two players on the planet are on this level. That’s the category of Messi and Ronaldo.”