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Lewandowski moves to third spot

Bayern's Lewandowski moves into very elite UCL scoring group

February 25, 2021 By Michelle Bonsu
The Polish ace, who opened proceedings as Bayern cruised to a 4-1 win over Lazio, has now moved ahead of a legendary player...but he has quite a ways to go to catch the top two.

On Tuesday, reigning champs Bayern Munich faced Lazio, and as expected, die Roten had no problems dispatching their Italian hosts at the Stadio Olimpico.

The Bavarian titans cruised to a very comfortable 4-1 win and have pretty much secured their spot in the quarter-finals as it's highly unlikely that Lazio will be able to overturn the deficit in the next leg in March. While eyes were on youngster Jamal Musiala, who became Bayern's youngest ever goal-scorer in Europe, another player was also making history in his own right.

Robert Lewandowski, who is currently in pole contention to successfully defend his Torjägerkanone crown for the fourth straight season, has also been quietly going about his business in the Champions League. The 32-year-old Polish international may not be on top of the charts there - that prize currently belongs to Dortmund's Erling Haaland - but his goal against Lazio has helped him move up the ranks in a very elite chart.

With 72 goals, Lewandowski is now third in the all-time top goalscorers charts, and has thus overtaken Real Madrid's icon Raul, who sits on 71.

The two players ahead of the 2020 Treble winner?

Not surprisingly, it's Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, of course. Both players have scored over a 100 goals - 134 for Ronaldo and 119 for Messi - so it goes without saying that Lewandowski has a long way to go to catch up to the multi-Ballon d'Or winners.

How Lewandowski stacks up among the UCL's all-time top goalscorers

Not that it's likely going to bother him, as he's firmly focused on breaking Gerd Muller's nearly 40-year-old record for most goals in a Bundesliga season (40).

In any case, Lewandowski, who's the Bundesliga's only representative in the top five, will have a chance to add to his impressive Champions League tally when Bayern take on Lazio at the Allianz Arena next month.

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