Robert Lewandowski (born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Poland national team.
He is renowned for his positioning, technique and finishing, and is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, and one of the best players in Bundesliga history. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.
After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers of Polish football with Znicz Pruszków, Lewandowski moved to top-flight Lech Poznań, helping the team win the 2009–10 Ekstraklasa. In 2010, he transferred to Borussia Dortmund, where he won honours including two consecutive Bundesliga titles and the league’s top goalscorer award. In 2013, he also featured with Dortmund in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Lewandowski agreed to join Dortmund’s domestic rivals, Bayern Munich, on a free transfer. In Munich, he has won the Bundesliga title in each of his first six seasons. Lewandowski was integral in Bayern’s UEFA Champions League win in 2019–20 as part of a treble. He is one of only two players, alongside Johan Cruyff, to achieve the European treble, while being the top scorer in all three competitions.
A full international for Poland since 2008, Lewandowski has earned over 110 caps and was a member of their team at UEFA Euro 2012, Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With 66 international goals, Lewandowski is the all-time top scorer for Poland. He won IFFHS World’s Best International Goal Scorer Award in 2015 and IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer Award in 2020. He has been named the Polish Player of the Year a record nine times.
In 2020, Lewandowski won the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award and the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award. He has been named to the UEFA Team of the Year twice and the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season three times, and is the third-highest goalscorer in the history of the competition. Lewandowski has been named the VDV Bundesliga Player of the Season a record four times. He has scored over 270 goals in the Bundesliga, having reached the century mark quicker than any other foreign player, and is the league’s all-time leading foreign goalscorer. Moreover, he has won the Bundesliga top goalscorer award in five seasons. Lewandowski was awarded four Guinness World Records for the fastest five-goal haul in any major European football league since records have been kept, after scoring five times in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in 2015.