Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski broke new ground on Sunday by becoming the first player ever to score 16 goals in a single European qualifying campaign for the FIFA World Cup, a tally that meant he finished as the continent's top scorer en route to Russia 2018.

The 29-year-old, who recently became Poland's all-time top scorer, netted his side's third goal in a 4-2 win over Montenegro that sealed the nation's place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next year.

Lewandowski's strike broke his own record set a few days ago of 15 goals in a single qualifying campaign, which was later equalised by Portugal and Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo. However, the Portuguese was unable to match Lewandowski in scoring in his side's final group game against Switzerland on Tuesday, meaning the Bayern goal machine stands alone atop the goalscoring charts and in the history books.

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Lewandowski has also been in awesome form at club level so far in 2017/18, scoring eight times in seven Bundesliga games and netting 12 in 11 total for the Bavarians. He has also been shortlisted for the FIFA FIFPro World XI.

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