When will Lewandowski join Messi and Ronaldo in exclusive club?
For a long time, the thought of anybody reaching 100 Champions League goals was unimaginable, with it difficult to imagine a player with the consistency and longevity required to hit such a mark.
Then, along came the likes of the legendary Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It soon became evident that the face of modern football had irrevocably changed forever. For well over a decade, these awe-inspiring, record-breaking performers have established the kind of duopoly in a global game, the likes of which we have never been seen before.
For them, it’s been as though nothing is impossible. Targets that were once considered unobtainable for mere mortals suddenly fell well within reach for two of the very best to ever lace up a pair of boots. Records were broken with relentless regularity, with history books that appeared set to stand the test of time re-written to the point that iconic figures from the not too distant past became little more than footnotes in a sporting fairytale.
Messi and Ronaldo are both European centurions, with nine continental crowns between them, and appear to be continuing on their missions to raise their respective bars of personal excellence to new heights. Realistically, few can even dream of rivalling so many accolades in the future.
ℹ️ Number of Champions League matches to reach 85 goals:
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 11, 2022
One man, though, will believe that he is capable of joining this exclusive club. Robert Lewandowski is another of those to have shown that remarkable standards can be maintained with the right mix of ability and attitude.
The prolific Polish striker is currently chasing down more major honours at Bayern Munich, with the Bundesliga giants a best-priced +350 according to the Champions League betting markets collated by Oddschecker. They are very much in that hunt despite facing the fiercest of competition.
100 not out
Lewandowski, who has broken through the 40-goal barrier for the seventh successive season in 2021-22, will hope to have at least a handful of European outings left in him this term.
Robert Lewandowski has scored 40+ goals for the SEVENTH season in a row 🤯 pic.twitter.com/yiGqb7vvgf
— GOAL (@goal) March 8, 2022
He is also tied to a contract at the Allianz Arena through to 2023 and is showing no sign of slowing down at a stage of his career in which many may start to consider what the perks of retirement could be.
It is safe to assume that he will be gracing the Champions League stage for a few more years, at least, and that the back of the net will continue to take a pounding whenever he comes within sight of a target that he has mastered the art of hitting. Lewandowski requires 15 more goals in order to join Messi and Ronaldo on 100 in elite club competition, with his current strike rate actually bettering that of two fellow forwards that have already passed that mark.
It appears to be only a matter of time before the Poland international sees a velvet rope dropped in front of him as another member of the footballing A-list makes his way beyond the UEFA-appointed doormen.
When will that day come? Well, Lewandowski averages around nine goals in any given Champions League campaign but has broken double figures twice, so there is every chance that 2023 will be the year in which Messi and Ronaldo welcome a fresh face into their prestigious VIP lounge.