Bayern Munich secured yet another handsome Champions League victory over Barcelona on Tuesday night.
While it might not have been as emphatic as the famous 8-2 triumph in Lisbon last year, the Bavarians looked just as dominant on their way to brushing aside the Lionel Messi-less Catalans.
And it also served as the umpteenth reminder that Robert Lewandowski is one of the world’s best, which felt apt in a week where he was named second-best on the planet in FIFA 22’s ratings.
Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich
After all, by the time that Thomas Muller had fired the Bundesliga champions into a 1-0 lead at half-time in Catalonia, the stage was set for Lewandowski to make it an even more humiliating evening.
That’s because the Polish poacher continued his outrageous record of scoring in competitive games by finding the net for the 18th time in a row across a remarkable streak that dates back to February.
However, it was Lewandowski’s second goal at Camp Nou that really demonstrated his quality because the former Borussia Dortmund striker made a fool out of Gerard Pique.
Lewandowski mugs off Pique
With the goal at his mercy mere seconds after Bayern hit the post, Lewandowski opted against panicking and decided to take his time with a simple piece of skill that baffled the Barcelona man.
And not only did that leave Lewandowski with an easy chance to fire Bayern into a 3-0 lead, which he duly took, but it also left Pique doing a break-dancing impression on the pitch – check it out:
Robert Lewandowski scores his 75th Ucl goal.!!
Watch as he Scatters barca defence!! pic.twitter.com/3aNSbc3FHk
— Foootyforumgh.com🇬🇭 (@FootyForumgh) September 14, 2021
Is that revenge for what Messi did to Jerome Boateng in 2015? We like to think so.
Lewandowski in the Ballon d’Or hunt
Ok, jokes aside, the most important comparisons to Messi that will emerge from Lewandowski’s masterclass will revolve around the upcoming race for the latest Ballon d’Or trophy.
With the Bayern striker having been denied almost certain victory last year by France Football’s decision to postpone the award, he will be hungry to claim the plaque that he so badly deserves.
Whether or not his electric 2021 displays will be enough to top Messi’s Copa America triumph remains to be seen, but nobody’s denying who the world’s most lethal goalscorer is right now.