Robert Lewandowski made his Barcelona competitive debut on August 13 and has been in a daze ever since, scoring goal after goal and scoring some impressive stats.
Lewandowski arrived in Barcelona from Bayern Munich for a fee of €45m in July 2022 after a somewhat protracted saga.
The Polish striker has been an amazingly prolific player with Bayern, scoring more than one goal per match for three consecutive seasons. But he said in May: “My term at Bayern Munich is over. I don’t see any possibility of continuing to play for this club anymore.”
Bayern played hardball for over a month, but Lewandowski eventually got his wish and Barcelona got his leg up.
Now, after eight games in his Barcelona career, he can hardly be better than Lewandowski.
After the great pole scored three times in the Champions League match against Viktoria Plzen, his new coach Xavi said: “I don’t feel the praise for him.
“He scored a hat-trick, but it’s not just that. That’s how he plays and how he makes the team play, finding the third man, reading the space perfectly, pressing…
“It was an honor. It was a great signing. He gives us a lot of solutions in attack, he is a captain and a winner… a great, great signing.”
After two more goals in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Elche on Saturday, we’ve decided to collect 11 stats that show how much Lewandowski has shined since his arrival in Catalonia, thanks to WhoScored, ESPN, Squawka and Invictos.
Robert Lewandowski got off to a slow start. He failed to score in a 0-0 draw with Rayo Vallecano and scored a WhoScored rating of 6.41. Since then, he has scored 11 goals in eight matches in La Liga and the Champions League.
Lewandowski played 629 minutes of football in the league and the Champions League. This means he averages a goal every 57.2 minutes across all competitions.
– In addition to these goals, the Poland international has two goals, so he averages a direct goal contribution every 48.4 minutes. If you take downtime into account, that’s pretty much one every run. Sheesh.
There is nothing stopping Robert Lewandowski! 🔥
With this afternoon’s double for Barcelona, the Polish star has now scored 8 goals in just 6 matches in La Liga 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/cVCeDrrCVg
– Premier Sports (PremierSportsTV) September 17, 2022
Thanks to his goals against Viktoria Plzen, Lewandowski became the first player to hold a hat-trick for three different clubs in the Champions League (Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Barcelona).
That match against Viktoria Plzen was the 21st time Lewandowski scored two or more goals in a single Champions League match. Since Lewandowski made his Champions League debut in 2011-12, Cristiano Ronaldo (31) and Lionel Messi (26) have scored two or more goals in more Champions League matches.
Lewandowski is now the third highest scorer in the Champions League with 86 goals. You can already guess who is ahead of him – Messi with 125, Ronaldo with 140.
While we were talking about Ronaldo, Lewandowski’s eight goals in his first six La Liga games compare favorably to Ronaldo’s five goals in his first league games in Spain.
Lewandowski has now scored twice in three different La Liga matches. However, perhaps his most impressive showing was against Cadiz. He came off the bench only 33 minutes from the end and managed to score one goal and two assists.
Lewandowski is one of only four players from all five of Europe’s top five leagues to have scored 10 or more points in all competitions this season so far. The others are Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
Lewandowski has already scored with his right foot, left foot and head for Barcelona. He has already scored one, two and three goals in one match. He has already scored on his home ground and away from home.
The 33-year-old striker has been WhoScored’s statistic man of the match in four of his six league games so far.
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