Not even the likes of Lionel Messi (l.) and Cristiano Ronaldo (r.) have been able to keep pace with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski in the scoring stakes. - © gettyimages
Not even the likes of Lionel Messi (l.) and Cristiano Ronaldo (r.) have been able to keep pace with Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski in the scoring stakes. - © gettyimages
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Robert Lewandowski outscoring Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has long been among the world's elite players but such has been his form of late he is even outdoing the likes of superstars Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

That's right, over the last two year's the Polish forward has found the net so consistently for the record Bundesliga champions that nobody else can keep pace.

  • Robert Lewandowski (94 games, 87 goals)
    7759 mins played; goal every 89 mins
    2017: 49 games, 44 goals, goal every 94 mins
    2018: 45 games, 43 goals, goal every 94 mins
  • Lionel Messi (104 games, 93 goals)
    8704 mins played; goal every 94 mins
    2017: 57 games, 50 goals, goal every 99 mins
    2018: 47 games, 43 goals, goal every 88 mins
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (92 games, 82 goals)
    7940 mins played; goal every 98 mins
    2017: 49 games, 42 goals, goal every 101 mins
    2018: 43 games, 40 goals, goal every 96.75 mins

The 30-year-old struck 29 times in the 2017/18 Bundesliga campaign, as well as chalking up five in the UEFA Champions League and a further six in the DFB Cup. This term he has seamlessly carried on where he left off, registering nine in the Bundesliga, one in the cup and eight in the Champions League – a tally that puts him top of the tournament's scoring chart this term.

Still not convinced? All told, Lewandowski is the first player to reach 20 goals in all competitions this season, while he also has the best goals-per-minute ratio of anyone in Europe's top five leagues with a goal every 88 minutes. By way of contrast, Messi and Ronaldo can only manage comparatively sluggish return of a goal every 94 and 97 minutes respectively.

As if that were not enough, Lewandowski also set a new record in European zone qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first player ever to score 16 times over the course of Poland's campaign.