It’s not often that Robert Lewandowski asks to be taken off, let alone after scoring a hat-trick. 2020 has been an (another) extraordinary year for Bayern Munich’s otherworldly No.9 who enjoyed the rest of the game after scoring 3 goals.
“Robert scored a hat-trick, and had already indicated he wanted to be substituted at some point,” Bayern coach Hansi Flick said of Lewandowski’s 68th-minute substitution in the 5-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Bundesliga Matchday 5. “Even it it was a novelty, I was ready for it.”
Scoring with his left and right foot, as well as his head – a perfect hat-trick. Lewandowski made history as the first player to hit 10 goals after five matches of a Bundesliga season.
Here are some of the numbers behind Lewandowski’s 2020 year of wonders:
Europe’s Player of the Year for 2019/20. On 1 October 2020, Lewandowski was named been named Europe’s Player of the Year for 2019/20, beating though competition such as Kevin De Bruyne from Manchester City and Bayern teammate Manuel Neuer to win the prize.
Top scorer in each competition. It was his reward for an amazing season in which he became the first player ever to win a continental treble while also being the top scorer in each competition: 34 in the Bundesliga, 15 in the Champions League and six in the DFB Cup.
Third win in a row as Bundesliga top scorer. With 34 goals in 2019/20, Lewandowski claimed his third successive Bundesliga top scorer’s title.
Tenth consecutive season in double-digit goals. Lewandowski has reached double figures in goals in the Bundesliga for the 10th successive season.
Number of goals after 5 Bundesliga matches. No player had scored as many goals after five rounds of Bundesliga fixtures prior to Lewandowski’s heroics against Frankfurt.