Robert Lewandowski surpasses Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo scoring record as Bayern Munich goalmachine nets hat-trick in 100th Champions League game

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Robert Lewandowski made his 100th Champions League appearance with a hat-trick in Bayern Munich’s 5-2 win over Benfica, which put him in a prestigious company.

The Polish goal-machine’s latest trio cemented his place as one of the tournament’s most prolific scorers, and now he boasts scoring better goals than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the same stage of their European careers.

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Lewandowski continues to be a prolific player at Bayern Munich

Lewandowski’s hat-trick means he has now scored a staggering 81 goals in Europe’s elite competition.

It is the highest goal tally of any active player in Champions League history after 100 matches, having scored more than Messi and Ronaldo when they reached a century of appearances at the top level of European football.

He is also the fastest player to reach 80 goals in the Champions League, once again beating Messi and Ronaldo’s goal records.

Lewandowski is now third in all-time scoring charts in the competition, with Ronaldo leading the way with 139 goals and Messi second with 123.

However, Ronaldo has played 180 matches in the Champions League, while Messi has played 152, which shows how impressive the Bayern Munich striker is.

Lewandowski is also the current Champions League top scorer this season, scoring eight goals in four matches to help Bayern secure their place in the already knockout stage.

The 33-year-old has four European triples under his belt. Only two players in the history of the competition have more. You guessed it – Ronaldo and Messi, who have eight each.

The former Dortmund striker was crowned the best player in the world for the year 2020 by FIFA, by defeating Messi and Ronaldo, and aims to win this prestigious award for the second year in a row.

Lewandowski is also nominated for the 2021 Ballon d’Or, having scored 59 goals and provided nine assists in 49 games in the calendar year so far.

Messi and Ronaldo have won the Ballon d'Or several times and have dominated it since 2008

Messi and Ronaldo have won the Ballon d’Or several times and have dominated it since 2008

Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann compared the three stars and said: “I think it’s very difficult to compare because they are two different types of players.

“I think all three have been very good players over the past few years.

“I think Lewis can achieve a lot, also at an older age, because of his physique, his lifestyle and the way he lives as a footballer.

“He will continue to be the best striker in the world because he is doing everything to keep that path.”

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