Lewandowski breaks Benzema’s Champions League record after scoring a Hattrick

On the night of their Champions league opener, Barcelona thrashed Viktoria Plzen 5-1 at the Spotify Camp Nou stadium with a hattrick of goals from Robert Lewandowski as well as goals from Ferran Torres and Frank Kessie sealing the win and ensuring a confident start to the campaign. 

After scoring eight goals in five games since leaving Bayern in July, the 34-year-old Poland forward proved his worth.

Lewandowski, who helped Bayern win the competition in 2019-20, marked his first Champions League appearance for Barca with a clinical finish which doubled the lead after Franck Kessie had headed the hosts ahead.

He then made it 3-1 on the stroke of half-time with a header after Ousmane Dembele did well to win back possession before producing a fine cross. He completed his hat-trick after 67 minutes following an assist by former Manchester City forward Ferran Torres, who added the fifth.

Lewandowski is the first player to score a Champions League hat-trick for three different teams – Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

He has now scored 32 goals in his last 20 Champions League group stage matches. 

The Barcelona summer signing went past Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema on the list of all-time highest goalscorers in the Champions League. Lewandowski now has 89 goals in Europe’s premier footballing tournament, while his Real Madrid counterpart finds himself at 86.

He is now ranked the third-highest goalscorer of all time in the competition – only Cristiano Ronaldo (141) and Lionel Messi (125) have scored more than him.

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