Australia international Mathew Leckie says scoring a brace on his debut with Hertha Berlin capped off the “best week of [his] life”, with the Melbourne-born forward having become a father a matter of days before his dream start with the capital club.
“It has been a nice week for me: I’ve become a father, which was a special moment and also scoring two goals,” explained Leckie after Hertha’s 2-0 win over Stuttgart. “I think it is probably one of the best weeks of my life, so I’m definitely a happy man right now.”
Watch: Mathew Leckie on "Best week of my life!"
With his brace Leckie stands above Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Robert Lewandowski – the Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich strikers who have shared the Torjägerkanone over the past two seasons - as the Bundesliga’s top scorer with only two games left to play on the opening weekend of the season.
Leckie has significantly improved upon his attacking return from last term, as the 44-time Australia winger failed to get on the scoresheet once with relegated Ingolstadt. The 26-year-old also enjoyed two assists in Hertha’s DFB Cup win over Hansa Rostock on Monday.
Leckie will be in action again in the Bundesliga with Hertha against Borussia Dortmund, at the Signal Iduna Park, next Saturday evening, or Sunday morning in Australia. Kick-off is at 18:30 (CEST)/02:30 (AEST).
Watch: Highlights of Hertha's win over Stuttgart