For all the talk regarding the greatness of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, it's been Robert Lewandowski, the striker for Borussia Dortmund, who has emerged as the most dominant player during the Champions League final stages.
The Polish No. 9 has brought his side all the way to the final, with a massive match against German rivals Bayern Munich standing in the way of European supremacy.
A look at some of his statistics, both advanced and basic, through his 12 appearances (11 starts) during the final stages of the competition help illustrate just how special Lewandowski has been.
First, the most important statistic in soccer: goals. Real Madrid's Ronaldo has more; the Portuguese winger has 12 total.i has 10 goals so far, second-most of any player in this stage. Only
Should Lewandowski put on another legendary performance in the final, he has the chance to be the most prolific scorer.
It's Lewandowski's goals-to-shots ratio, though, that really sets him apart.
His 10 goals have come on 46 total shots. That's a conversion rate of 21 percent, which is the third-best percentage of any footballer left in the competition. For comparison, Ronaldo's 12 goals have come on 68 shots—only a 17 percent conversion rate.
Onlyand are better here with 25 and 27 percent conversion rates, respectively.
Lewandowski's has been peppering opposing goalkeepers. His 3.8 shots-per-match average is the fourth-highest total.
Lewandowski's numbers represent that of a true striker. His job is not to distribute, so his 206 completed passes of 304 attempted must be considered in context: He is the deepest player on the pitch for his team and therefore has the fewest options to work with.
He's proven he is capable of setting up teammates, though, as he has dished out 17 passes which have led directly to a shot for teammates. That's right about 1.4 key passes per match.
His creative abilities make sense in terms of his role for Dortmund; such a threat to score must certainly draw the attention of opposing defenses.
Lewandowski's creativity extends to individual efforts as well.
He beats a player off the dribble over once a game (20 successful take-ons so far), and he draws fouls regularly too, just about twice a game—2.1 fouls earned per match, or 25 total.
Not much to report in terms of crossing and crossing accuracy, considering Lewandowski's role is to station himself in between the two opposing center-backs and finish crosses as opposed to serve them. His five completed crosses on 15 attempted is a humble but respectable figure for his position
Everything discussed above has been world class so far, but the biggest stage is still yet to come for Lewandowski: the Champions League Final. All the impressive data listed above might well be forgotten if he is not able to produce in the most important game in his career.
If Borussia Dortmund are able to come through, it is highly likely that their supreme talent, Robert Lewandowski, will be a critical piece of the proceedings.