‘The best striker in the world’ – Lewandowski marks 100th Champions League appearance with stunning hat-trick

Robert Lewandowski marked a milestone appearance with a hat-trick as the Polish star guided Bayern Munich to victory.

The scored three of Bayern’s five goals in the 5-2 win over Benfica, a match that saw the German giants lock up their spot in the Champions League’s knockout rounds.

And Lewandowski’s goals also saw him mark his 100th appearance with yet another star performance, something he has become known for over the years.

The numbers behind the goals

In total, Lewandowski has 81 goals in his 100 Champions League games, making him one of the competition’s most prolific players.

He trails only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have 139 and 123 goals respectively. Ronaldo, though, has played in 180 Champions League games while Messi has featured in the competition 152 times so far.

Lewandowski is also this season’s leading scorer, having scored eight goals in four games to start the group stage campaign.