Barcelona and Bayern Munich will meet within the Champions League quarter-final on Friday – stay on talkSPORT – as they bid for a spot within the remaining 4.
On the pitch, there shall be an intense battle for supremacy between two of the perfect gamers in world soccer proper now – Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski.
The pair have loved spectacular seasons with their respective golf equipment and it will have been an in depth name for the Ballon d’Or.
Besides there shall be no Ballon d’Or this yr after bosses determined to scrap the 2020 version amid the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 has precipitated disruption throughout the globe and, at one level, none of us would have anticipated the Champions League being performed in August.
The format has modified from what we’re used to with all of the remaining knockout video games being performed in Portgual.
As an alternative of the same old two legs, the winners of a single knockout sport will undergo to the subsequent spherical with the ultimate on August 23.
Right here we’ve taken a have a look at how Messi and Lewandowski’s statistics stack up forward of Friday’s conflict – with commentary of the sport stay on talkSPORT.
Robert Lewandowski is having an amazing season in Europe and is the highest scorer within the 2019/20 event.
The Poland worldwide has 13 targets in simply seven appearances and added 4 assists with it.
Which means he’s been concerned in a purpose for Bayern Munich each 31 minutes.
He scored 4 instances towards Purple Star within the group phases again in November and likewise hit doubles towards Chelsea and Tottenham.
Lewandowski can be set to be the primary individual apart from Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Champions League Golden Boot since Kaka received it in 2007.
He additionally has Ronaldo’s file of 17 in a single marketing campaign in his sights – however has a most of three video games due to the scrapped two-legged ties.
The 31-year-old can be bidding to win his first ever European title having misplaced the one remaining he performed in. That was really towards Bayern again in 2013 when he was a Borussia Dortmund participant.
Lewandowski can be shifting up the Champions League high scorer checklist and is 5 behind Raul’s complete of 71.
He’s nonetheless a way off Ronaldo and Messi who’ve 130 and 115, respectively.
Lionel Messi is having a comparatively quiet season within the Champions League with simply three targets and three assists to his title.
The final time the Barcelona man received fewer than six targets in Europe in a season was manner again in 2006/07.
There’s loads of time for some Messi magic with three potential video games to go.
The Argentina worldwide will need to add to his 4 earlier Champions League titles, particularly with Barcelona lacking out on the LaLiga title and doubtlessly ending the season trophyless.
The Bayern Munich ahead once more leads the way in which on this race with an unbelievable 34 targets in simply 31 video games as he helped his facet win the Bundesliga.
Bayern have but to lose a sport in 2020 as they give the impression of being to safe the treble.
There have been simply six league video games through which Lewandowski failed to attain this season however surprisingly he has solely managed to scored one hat-trick.
The 2019/20 marketing campaign noticed his greatest ever league purpose tally however it’s remarkably the third time he’s damaged the 30 purpose mark in simply six seasons on the Bundesliga membership.
Messi scored 25 targets as Barcelona missed out on the LaLiga title to rivals Actual Madrid.
Scoring that quantity of targets to anybody’s requirements could be an outstanding return – and he completed the highest scorer within the Spanish league.
But it surely was his worst league purpose tally because the 2008/09 marketing campaign.
It has been a irritating yr each on and off the pitch for Barca and that could possibly be mirrored in his purpose return.
There have been reviews of a bust-up between the gamers and supervisor Quique Seitan and Messi even publicly criticised these greater up on the membership.
Lewandowski has arguably been the perfect participant on this planet this season and doubtless would have been a shoo-in for the Ballon d’Or if it had been held.
Regardless of his outstanding achievements on the pitch – his profession complete is 425 targets in 618 video games – he nonetheless struggles to get the popularity he in all probability deserves within the period of Messi and Ronaldo.
The very best he’s ever completed within the Ballon d’Or is fourth in 2015 however not often will get talked about as a contender for the highest prize.
Bayern are one of many favourites to win the Champions League and that may solely enhanced his case for the accolade.
Knocking out Barcelona and Messi could be the competitors could be an excellent begin in proving that he ought to have received the award.
Germany World Cup winner Lothar Matthaus thinks that Lewandowski ought to now be thought-about the perfect participant on this planet.
Chatting with Bild, he stated: “Messi faces his successor as the perfect participant on this planet: Robert Lewandowski. He’s the perfect participant, not simply the perfect ahead
“The Barca of in the present day is now not the identical as earlier than. They’ve Messi, after all. A participant like him is at all times able to genius.
“However he alone is not going to be sufficient towards this Bayern. Barcelona don’t scare me.”
Lewandowki vs Messi
League appearances: 31
League targets: 34
League assists: 4
UCL appearances: 7
UCL targets: 13
UCL assists: 4
League appearances: 33
League targets: 25
League assists: 21
UCL appearances: 7
UCL targets: 3
UCL assists: 3