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Robert Lewandowski was inspired by Arsenal hero Thierry Henry and now leads Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi for goals

Robert Lewandowski continues to show that there is a lot left in the tank as he puts Barcelona on the edge of the sword in the Champions League.

The 33-year-old Bayern Munich forward is considered one of the best in the world and it was seeing Arsenal that inspired him to aim for the dizzying heights he currently stands at.

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Lewandowski scored twice in a 3-0 win over Barcelona to kick off his Champions League campaign

Arsenal don’t inspire much these days, but they were once one of the best teams in Europe and Thierry Henry had the best striker in the country.

“Growing up, my dream was to play in big stadiums with 80,000 fans, but when I was young in Poland, we didn’t have better players,” he explained in 2019.

“I knew I couldn’t think of my country, I had to think big. I looked at the best player in the world and thought: “Why can’t a Polish player be one of the best in the world?”

“When I was six years old, I remember Roberto Baggio at the 1994 World Cup. When I was between 10 and 14 years old, Alessandro Del Piero was the best player for me. So my idol was Thierry Henry. It was amazing, it wasn’t just the way he scored goals, it was what he did for the team.

Henry is Arsenal's top scorer, who has also scored great goals

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Henry is Arsenal’s top scorer, who has also scored great goals

Lewandowski only lives to score goals

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Lewandowski only lives to score goals

Henry is considered by many to be the best player in the history of the Premier League and Arsenal’s top scorer with 228 goals in all competitions.

He joined the club in 1999 and was among the 2004 title winners who did not lose the entire season, then moved to Barcelona in 2007 to play for Pep Guardiola’s conquering squad.

“When I was at Arsenal, I remember how easily he scored goals in different situations,” Lewandowski continued.

“He could score on the left side in the far corner with his right foot. It was very easy for him, I also wanted to score a lot of goals and I could learn from him.

“I wanted to be the same player like that, but to be Robert Lewandowski. I could take aspects of one or two of the players and be like my idol.

“I remember when I met Henry I thought, ‘Wow, I met my childhood idol. Now he wants my shirt and I think, ‘Incredible’. I believe that dreams come true.

Lewandowski assured that it was an easy night for Bayern against Barcelona at the Camp Nou

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Lewandowski assured that it was an easy night for Bayern against Barcelona at the Camp Nou

Lewandowski scored 283 goals in the Bundesliga for Borussia Dortmund and then Bayern where he has been since 2014. His double against Barcelona in the Champions League allowed him to find the back of the net for the 18th consecutive game.

He scored 41 league goals last season and, since the 2019/20 season, Lewandowski has led the top five leagues in Europe in goals scored.

Just look at these names that you leave behind.

Most goals in all competitions since 2019/20

Roberto Lewandowski: 112
Kylian Mbappé (PSG): 76
Cristiano Ronaldo (Man United): 76
Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund): 73
Lionel Messi (PSG): 69

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