With his two goals against Elche, Robert Lewandowski averages 1.3 goals per game in La Liga. With that figure it could improve Messi's better record in the Spanish tournament.
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Lewandowski is the second top scorer of the season in Europe, behind only Erling Haaland. (Photo: Composition)
“It's like a historic Ferrari. You stand next to him and you have a feeling of wow!”, he once confessed. “If you lose against him being second, you can also feel like a winner”, he stated proudly on another occasion. Beyond the controversy that involved them along with the 2020 Ballon d'Or issue, Robert Lewandowski never hid his admiration and respect for Lionel Messi. But today, the Pole is at Barcelona -and Leo at PSG- with the sole objective of making history in a Barza that just felt like an orphan without the Argentine. And that obviously means taking as many records as possible from the great Barça idol.
'Tito' plays with the ambition of a youth and the wisdom of a veteran who is about to turn 34 (August 21). And that makes him one of the most lethal strikers in the world -behind the 'cyborg' Erling Haaland-. This Saturday he scored a brace in the 3-0 win over Elche to put Xavi Hernández's team at the top of LaLiga Santander momentarily with 16 points, one more than Real Madrid, who will visit Atlético de Madrid this Sunday in a derby in which they could stumble.
In the 13th minute, Robert caused central defender Gonzalo Verdú to be sent off after a solo run that left him alone in front of the goal . Half an hour later (33 ′), he pushed a low cross from Alejandro Balde, although there is still controversy in Spain as to whether the goal was in an advanced position. At the start of the second half (47'), after the great goal scored by Memphis Depay (41'), caught a rebound in the box to kill off the game and add a new brace to his credit.
“What I was surprised by the human facet. He is humble and professional. We had no doubts about the other thing ”, Xavi Hernández once again praised his player. It is not the first time that he speaks of the human side of Lewandowski, nor of his goalscoring side. Robert is an expert in getting into that pond full of crocodiles that is the area as if it were his own home and coming out victorious.
The Pole's start in this new season is not surprising. Score goals in the routine of him. Although his numbers are still incredible. He has a total of eleven goals in eleven games, counting the six for the domestic tournament and the two for the Champions League. With that figure he equaled Neymar and he moved within three of Erling Haaland, who is Europe's top scorer so far in the 2022-23 campaign.
Erling Haaland14 goals for Manchester City2
Robert Lewandowski11 goals for Barcelona3
Neymar11 goals with PSG4
Kylian Mbappé10 goals for PSG5
Cody Gakpo9 goals for PSV
But beyond the table in which he is measured against the best on the continent, Robert has just entered the history of the league Spanish. With his first goal, he joined the VIP list of players who celebrated seven times in their first six league games. Di Stéfano (1953), Sócrates (1953) and Kubala (1951) are also there. Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? No.
Lewandowski has eight goals in six LaLiga games for Barza, and is the current top scorer over Iago Aspas (5). A frantic, brutal start. The '9' has an average of 1.3 goals per game. If he continues at this rate, and if he doesn't lose any of the remaining 32 games, the Pole could reach 50 goals in the same campaign and equal -why not beat?- the greatest goalscoring record held by Lionel Messi .
In the 2011-12 season, Leo was the tournament's top scorer with 50 celebrations, an unprecedented number until now. The Argentine, on that occasion, did so in 37 games and 3,267 minutes played; that is, every time he played he almost always completed the 90 minutes. An average of one goal every 65 minutes. Today, Robert has a better record: a goal every 56 minutes.
Lewandowski He left Bayern Munich at the age of 34 to take on the great challenge of 'reviving' a depressed Barcelona without Lionel Messi. “I'm hungry, I want to make history here” , he said in his presentation. And on that path, he will also go for some Rosario records.
What Messi records could he break in his first season?
- Top scorer in a season in official competitions. Messi scored 73 goals in 2011/12 (50 in the League, 14 in the Champions League, 3 in the Cup, 3 in the Spanish Super Cup, 1 in the European Super Cup and 2 in the Club World Cup). Lewandowski has eleven goals.
- Top scorer in a calendar year. He scored 91 official goals in 2012. With Barza 84 (59 in the League, 13 in the Champions League, 5 in the Copa del Rey and 2 in the Super Cup) and with the Argentine national team 12. The Pole has 35 celebrations so far.
- Record for international goals in one year. He scored 25 goals in 2012 (13 in the Champions League and 12 with the Argentine national team), and shares a record with Vivian John Woodward, who scored 25 in 1909. Robert has nine (six for the Champions League and three with his national team). He still has four games in the Champions League and the World Cup ahead of him.
- Longest scoring streak in the League. He scored 33 goals in 21 consecutive games from matchday number 11 to 34 of the 2012/13 League. Against Elche, the '9' reached five consecutive league games scoring.