In a strange way, Robert Lewandowski’s five goals in nine minutes for Bayern Munich against Wolfsburg in 2015 feels like an underappreciated moment.
Like, why aren’t we talking about it every single day?
“I don’t understand this, five goals! I have never in my life witnessed something like this whether as a player or a coach,” then-Bayern boss Pep Guardiola said at the time.
Let’s paint the scene.
Bayern were trailing Wolfsburg by a goal to nil when, at half-time, Guardiola decided to introduce Lewandowski from off the bench.
Six minutes after his arrival, the Polish striker tucked home from close range to level the scores.
It was the start of a crazy run in which Lewandowski scored five times in eight minutes and 59 seconds.
Lewandowski goes superhuman vs Wolfsburg
His first three goals came in the span of four minutes, making it the fastest hat-trick in Bundesliga history.
But after making it 3-1 with a hard-fought effort, Lewandowski showed he wasn’t done by lashing home his fourth goal in the 57th minute.
He saved the best until last, a stunning scissor kick from Mario Gotze’s cross on the hour mark sending the crowd wild.
The fifth goal prompted a quite brilliant reaction from Guardiola on the touchline.
“I am very satisfied, that was incredible,” Lewandowski told Sky at full-time, per ESPN.
“I just wanted to shoot, I didn’t really think what will happen afterwards. Having been one down, we knew that we must improve and score twice at least. But five goals, that’s incredible.”
The striker, who can stake a claim to be the world’s best striker right now, admitted he wasn’t totally aware of what he was doing in the moment.
“I don’t know how fast it was, but it was fast,” he added. “But when you’re on the pitch, you’re just focused on football. After the fourth I looked at the scoreboard, it was the 60th minute and I only thought: ‘Ooh.'”
An utterly astonishing achievement, it will be a long time before we see another player go Super Saiyan in the same way Lewandowski did six years ago.