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Stars of UEFA EURO 2016: Robert Lewandowski

Top scorer in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying, Poland striker and captain Robert Lewandowski is in prolific form and looks certain to impress in France this summer.

Robert Lewandowski was the top scorer in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying
Robert Lewandowski was the top scorer in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying ©Getty Images

At a glance
Fourth in the vote for 2015 FIFA Ballon d'Or, Robert Lewandowski undoubtedly holds a special place in the hearts of both Polish and German football fans. He made history earlier this season by coming off the bench to score five goals in nine minutes and set all manner of Bundesliga records. In fact, the 27-year-old has barely stopped hitting the back of the net ever since.

EURO pedigree
Lewandowski claimed the opening goal of UEFA EURO 2012, heading in powerfully for co-hosts Poland against Greece in Warsaw, though the tournament ultimately ended in disappointment. Poland failed to reach the knockout stage, with their star centre-forward unable to add to his tally against either Russia or the Czech Republic.

What he offers

Poland’s EURO star: Robert Lewandowski

Importance for Poland
'Lewy', as he is called in his homeland, is priceless as far as his country are concerned. It looks only a matter of time before he passes Włodzimierz Lubański's all-time record of 48 Poland goals, though it is through his professionalism and leadership that he sets the perfect example for team-mates and aspiring internationals alike. His talismanic role was confirmed by his record-equalling 13 goals in qualifying.

International career
San Marino 0-2 Poland (10 September 2008; FIFA World Cup qualifying)
Appearances: 73
Goals: 34

EURO final tournament (Poland record)
Appearances: 3 (Marcin Wasilewski, 6)
Goals: 1 (five players with 1 goal)
Record: W0 D2 L1

Watch all of Robert Lewandowski's UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying goals

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