Robert Lewandowski continues to show that there is plenty left in the tank as he puts Barcelona at the edge of the sword in the Champions League.
The 33-year-old Bayern Munich forward is considered one of the best in the world and it was watching Arsenal that inspired him to aim for the dizzying heights he currently finds himself at.
Lewandowski scored twice in a 3-0 win over Barcelona to kick off his Champions League campaign
Arsenal don’t inspire much these days but once upon a time they were one of the best teams in Europe and Thierry Henry had the best striker in the country.
“Growing up, my dream was to play in big stadiums with 80,000 fans, but when I was young in Poland, we didn’t have better players,” he explained in 2019.
“I knew I couldn’t just think of my country – I had to think bigger. I looked at the best player in the world and I thought to myself: “Why can’t a Polish player be one of the best in the world?”
“When I was six years old, I remember Roberto Baggio at the 1994 World Cup. When I was between 10 and 14 years old, Alessandro Del Piero was the best player for me. Then my idol was Thierry Henry. He was amazing – it wasn’t just the way he scored goals, but what he did for the team.
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Henry is Arsenal’s top scorer, who has also scored great goals
Lewandowski only lives to score goals
Henry is considered by many to be the best player in Premier League history and Arsenal’s top scorer with 228 goals in all competitions.
He joined the club in 1999 and was among the 2004 title winners who did not lose the entire season, then moved to Barcelona in 2007 to play in Pep Guardiola’s conquering squad.
“When he was at Arsenal I remember how easily he scored goals in different situations,” Lewandowski continued.
“He could score on the left side in the far corner with his right foot. It was so easy for him – I also wanted to score a lot of goals and I could learn from him.
“I wanted to be the same player like that, but to be Robert Lewandowski. I could take aspects of one or two of the players and be like my idol.
“I remember when I first met Henry I was like, ‘Wow, I met my childhood idol. Now he wants my jersey and I think, ‘Amazing’. I believe dreams come true.
Lewandowski ensured it was an easy night for Bayern against Barcelona at Camp Nou
Lewandowski scored 283 Bundesliga goals for Borussia Dortmund and then Bayern where he has been since 2014. His brace against Barcelona in the Champions League allowed him to find the back of the net for the 18th consecutive game.
He scored 41 league goals last season and, since the 2019/20 season, Lewandowski has led Europe’s five best leagues for goals scored.
Just look at these names that he leaves behind in his wake.
Most goals in all competitions since 2019/20
Roberto Lewandowski: 112
Kylian Mbappé (PSG): 76
Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United): 76
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund): 73
Lionel Messi (PSG): 69
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