Robert Lewandowski's most iconic moments for Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Poland

Robert Lewandowski is known across the world for being a top-class striker for both club and country.

Germany has been his home for the past 10 years, playing in the Bundesliga with both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich.

He is no stranger to the Champions League either, being the joint third-highest goalscorer with 71 netted in the competition; only behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.

With over 500 goals to his name and counting, this top 10 list gives an insight into the Polish player's award-winning career.

10 - Record breaking World Cup qualifiers

Lewandowski reached 50 goals for his country during the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers. The forward scored 16 times during that particular qualifying campaign.

These 16 goals came in games against the likes of Montenegro and Romania, however there is one game which stands out from the rest.

Robert Lewandowski in action for Poland
Robert Lewandowski in action for Poland

It was against Armenia where Lewandowski scored a hat-trick in his country's 6-1 win to become the all-time top scorer for Poland reaching a half-century of international goals. He surpassed the long-standing previous record of 48 held by Wlodzimierz Lubanski.

Poland earned a place in the World Cup after winning their qualifying group. Their captain set the record for most goals scored in a European World Cup qualifying stage.

9 - The failed Blackburn dream

Lewandowski currently plays in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich however, that wasn't his first club in Germany.

After starting his playing career in his native Poland, the striker was looking to move away and start another challenge. That ended up being a transfer to Borussia Dortmund where he stayed for four years.

However, this story almost took a completely different turn.

Sam Allardyce believes Blackburn were close to signing Lewandowski
Sam Allardyce believes Blackburn were close to signing Lewandowski

Blackburn Rovers, who were in the Premier League at the time, were in the market for Lewandowski. Unfortunately for them, the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud crisis in 2010 made plane travel impossible and the move never materialised according to English manager Sam Allardyce.

Nevertheless, the footballer made the career-defining decision to move to Dortmund, which kick-started his German adventure.

8 - Title victory during the pandemic

The year of 2020 was a crazy one for many and it was no different for football.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, sport was forced to stop as much of Europe and the world went into lockdown for several months.

As cases started to decrease and the situation in Germany started to improve, it was the Bundesliga that became the first major European league to return behind closed doors.

The return to playing games signalled more work was to be done by the players, not only in terms of fitness but also to keep their supporters' morale up after months of being cooped up inside with no sport to watch.

This meant that Bayern's game against Bremen, which could win them the league, was an important one, and one which put an enormous amount of pressure on Lewandowski.

However, he didn't disappoint, scoring a fantastic goal after a perfectly placed Jerome Boateng chip over the Bremen defence. The Poland international controlled the ball with his chest and then powered into the back of the net with his right foot to ensure that Bayern won the title.

7 - Making a statement in Poland's lower leagues

Lewandowski started his career in his home country of Poland, where he played for MKS Varsovia, Delta Warsaw and Znicz Pruszkow before moving to Lech Poznan in June 2008.

He had earned several accolades at Znicz Pruszkow, such as being the country's third division top goal scorer. When the club were promoted in the following season, he repeated the feat in the Polish second tier.

However, his move to Lech Poznan catapulted him into the next level. It was here that he scored the winning goal in his very first European game, a UEFA Cup qualifier against Khazar Lankaran from Azerbaijan.

Lewandowski has scored in many European games since that day but it is not to be forgotten just how far he has come.

6 - A truly special goal

At first glance this shouldn't be deserving of a place on the list of Lewandowski's iconic moments.

Bayern Munich win a game in the Champions League group stages… again.

So what?

However, to Lewandowski the game against Atletico Madrid in 2016 was very special for him.

His wife was pregnant at the time and it was during this match that he announced the news to the world.

After scoring the only goal in the game from a free-kick, he collected the ball from the net and stuck it under his shirt as part of his celebrations.

5 - Four goals in 15 minutes

All these iconic moments seem to be coming from the Champions League, but is it really that surprising?

Halfway through the countdown we hit another infamous CL event. Lewandowski bagged four goals in just 15 minutes against Red Star Belgrade in the 2019/20 season.

It now becomes even clearer why the Warsaw native has netted so many goals in his career so far, with the variety of skills he displayed in his four-goal haul.

First it was a penalty, then came a header, a goal in a chaotic penalty area and finally a classic one-two with Ivan Perisic wrapped up the striker's quickfire strikes.

And if that wasn't enough, the Bavarian side won the match 6-0.

4 - The 200 goal club and more...

Lewandowski had an unbelievable 2019/20 season, both individually and with Bayern Munich.

He reached personal milestones in the Bundesliga, Champions League and the DFB-Pokal as the Bavarians went on to win the treble.

It was during a Champions League match when Bayern beat Red Star Belgrade 3-0, Lewandowski reached the 200-goal mark for the club... but the scoring didn't stop there.

Becoming the first player to score in each of the first nine, 10 and 11 Bundesliga matches, being the second player ever to score four goals in several Champions League matches and winning his first CL title are all achievements which the 32-year-old can add to his footballing CV.

Robert Lewandowski in action for Bayern
Robert Lewandowski in action for Bayern

Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of them all is being the second player to win the European treble. The first being Johan Cruyff.

There is one crucial difference between Cruyff and the Pole however, as Lewandowski was the first to win the treble as the top scorer in all three competitions.

Bayern Munich have been relentless in their trophy success in recent years, most notably winning the Bundesliga for each of the past eight years.

I think it's safe to say that Lewandowski being an integral part of the club for the past six years has helped their success.

3 - More Champions League magic

Rarely did Lewandowski not make it onto the score sheet in Bayern Munich's Champions League matches during the 2019/20 season.

In fact, this only happened twice, during their 3-1 win against Tottenham Hotspur and during the final against PSG when Bayern beat the French team 1-0.

Not only did Lewandowski's goals help the team's success in the tournament, but he beat yet more competition records by scoring four in the 6-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade in just 16 minutes - the fastest anyone has scored four goals in a Champions League game.

Another standout match in Bayern's Champions League run that season came in the form of the 8-2 annihilation of Barcelona.

Although Lewandowski only netted once during the match, heading in the sixth goal, this meant that the Poland international had scored 14 goals in eight consecutive Champions League matches.

Being involved in a team which can beat Barcelona by a margin like that is an iconic moment by anyone's standards.

With 15 goals scored by Lewandowski during that tournament alone, it made him the top goalscorer in the Champions League that year and there is no doubt that he was a crucial part of Bayern winning the most prestigious competition in club football.

2 - Poland's record breaker

It isn't just the Bundesliga where Lewandowski shines, he continues his sublime form on the international stage when he plays for his country.

Poland have been involved in three major competitions since the Warsaw native has been in the squad, getting his first call up in 2008.

With over 110 caps and 63 goals for his country it isn't surprising that the 32-year-old has won the Polish Player of the Year award eight times, seven of those coming consecutively between 2011 and 2017.

His outstanding work ethic and prolific goalscoring form made sure that the country qualified for tournaments including two European Championships in 2012 and 2016 and the World Cup in Russia in 2018.

Not only is Lewandowski a major asset to Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga, but also for his native country.

1 - 'That' game against Wolfsburg

Lewandowski's five goal phenomenon against Wolfsburg in 2015 well and truly deserves the number one spot.

Bayern Munich manager at the time, Pep Guardiola, made the decision not to start the Poland international, instead bringing him on after half time when Die Roten were trailing 1-0.

That day no-one could stop Lewandowski from scoring as he single-handedly overturned the result in Bayern's favour, eventually going on to win 5-1.

It wasn't just the footballing world which was amazed by his performance, as he also received four Guinness World Records - for the most goals scored by a substitute in the Bundesliga, the fastest Bundesliga hat-trick - achieving this in under four minutes - as well as setting new benchmarks for the fastest four and five-goal hauls in a Bundesliga match.

Not only does the 32-year-old have these records hung up on the wall at his house, but he has also kept the boots he wore in the game.

When reflecting on this game in a recent interview with Bayern Munich, he profoundly stated: "That was a day, a game - and the goals too - that will live long not only in my memory, but also in the history of football for a very long time."

Lewandowski has had a stellar career so far and being only 32 years of age, Bayern Munich fans and football fans alike will not want him to retire any time soon.

By Lucy Roberts