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was born on 21 August 1988 in the Polish capital Warsaw and made his first tentative steps into the football world at the age of eight. Several local clubs helped him up the ladder before the forward joined Polish second division side Znicz Pruszkow in 2006. Lewandowski finished as top scorer in his breakthrough season in the first team, helping the club gain promotion to the top flight. He repeated his success in his debut campaign in the first division too, notching 21 goals and grabbing KKS Lech Posen's attention, for whom he laced up his boots between 2008 and 2010. After scoring 41 goals in 82 appearances, Borussia Dortmund had seen enough and snapped up the services of the 1.84m forward. His menace has continued unabated at the Yellow-Blacks, where he has hit the net 75 times in 138 outings in all competitions.
Lewandowski has won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and fired in a hat-trick in last year's DFB Cup final against none other than Bayern Munich. He has been voted Polish footballer of the year for the last two seasons and has made 53 appearances for the national side since first donning Poland's colours as a 20-year-old on 10 September 2008.
Champions League key facts
- Cristiano Ronaldo (12) is the only player to have scored more than Lewandowski's ten goals in this season's Champions League. The Real Madrid star is also the only person to have had more shots on goal than the Pole (47). However, Lewandowski made history against Los Blancos by becoming the first player to score four goals in a continental semi-final.
- Lewandowski could yet finish as Champions League top scorer this term - no Bundesliga player has ever achieved that.
- The Dortmund frontman has a better shots-to-goals ratio (on average 4.7 needed per goal) than both Lionel Messi (5.3) and Ronaldo (6.8).
- Lewandowski has committed more fouls (25) than any other player in Europe's elite club competition. He is also the third most fouled player (24), only behind Messi and Ronaldo.
The 22 heroes of Wembley:
Dortmund:Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer - Gündogan, S. Bender - Blaszczykowski, Reus, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Bayern:Neuer - Lahm, Boateng, Dante, Alaba - Schweinsteiger, Martinez - Robben, Müller, Ribery - Mandzukic