Robert Lewandowski had already been enjoying for almost a decade when Kylian Mbappé began his profession.
The Bayern Munich and Poland striker had scored greater than 100 targets by the point the younger Frenchman made his skilled debut, and he had gained the German Bundesliga 5 instances earlier than Mbappé lifted his first home league trophy with Monaco.
The 32-year-old Lewandowski and 21-year-old Paris Saint-Germain ahead Mbappé are a technology aside however they may meet in Sunday’s Champions League last with the identical aim — profitable the European title for the primary time.
It could be a primary for Lewandowski in 9 makes an attempt, whereas Mbappé can be clinching it in his fourth attempt.
Lewandowski on Sunday may also have an opportunity to interrupt Cristiano Ronaldo’s file of 17 targets in a single Champions League season. The Portugal star reached the milestone within the 2013-14 season. The Bayern marksman enters this 12 months’s last with 15 targets from 9 matches.
“The very fact (Lewandowski) naturally poses an infinite menace in entrance of aim has not solely been recognized since this season, so for me he’s merely the world’s finest center-forward,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick mentioned. “So I’m simply curious to see how issues will go and, after all, hope that he additionally scores in opposition to Paris.”
Lewandowski is the third participant to attain in no less than 9 consecutive Champions League matches, together with Ronaldo and Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The 4 he bagged quarter-hour aside in opposition to Purple Star Belgrade within the group stage this season was the quickest quadruple within the historical past of the competitors.
Lewandowski has 50 Champions League targets with Bayern and 68 in whole, solely behind Ronaldo (130), Lionel Messi (115) and Raúl González (71).
The Polish star was a Champions League runner-up with Borussia Dortmund in 2013, dropping 2-1 to Bayern. Towards Actual Madrid, he turned the primary participant to attain 4 targets within the semifinals.
Lewandowski has reached the final 4 on three events since becoming a member of Bayern in 2014 however that is his first look for the German powerhouse within the last.
Mbappé made it to his first semifinal throughout Monaco’s shock run in 2016-17 after which endured consecutive round-of-16 eliminations after becoming a member of PSG.
He performed on this month’s quarterfinals nursing an ankle damage however now seems absolutely match. He’s the membership’s joint main Champions League scorer this season with 5 targets, together with Mauro Icardi.
However neither Mbappé — nor every other ahead — has come near Lewandowski’s numbers this season. The Bayern striker has a mean of 5 photographs per recreation within the Champions League, scoring with virtually each third shot, in response to statistical analysts Driblab. He has additionally created greater than two possibilities per recreation.
Profitable Sunday’s duel for his or her respective golf equipment is the one factor that actually issues, although.
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