Lewandowski vs Haaland: Who is the better of the two?

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Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland are battling it out to see who is the best centre-forward so far this season.

Neither is new to the scene, as their track record over the past few years shows they are two of the best strikers in the world. However, their starts to the current campaign have caught the attention of everyone.

The Blaugrana striker is averaging 1.6 goals per game, with the Norwegian marginally better at 1.7 goals.

Their tallies are surprising given how many shots they've taken. They both need less than three shots to score a goal, numbers that neither Lionel Messi nor Cristiano Ronaldo achieved during the height of their powers.

Lewandowski and Haaland's summer transfers

The two strikers were the biggest signings of the European transfer window, but nobody was certain they would be successes at their new clubs.

Haaland left Borussia Dortmund for Manchester City, who beat the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona to his signature.

Once Joan Laporta realised he couldn't meet Haaland's asking price, he turned to Lewandowski, who never hid his desire to play for Barcelona.

The Polish striker pushed hard to leave Bayern Munich, even taking a pay cut to move to the Camp Nou.

Nevertheless, the Blaugrana paid 50 million for his services, a figure deemed excessive by many for a 34-year-old.

However, Lewandowski has proven people wrong in just five matches, with Haaland also silencing those who questioned whether he could adapt to Manchester City's game.

Lewandowksi's wider influence at Barcelona

When it comes to the Blaugrana, Lewandowksi's influence goes beyond his goalscoring.

His signing has brought renewed optimism to a fanbase that has had to endure several disappointments over the past three years.

It has had a similar effect to that of Ronaldinho back in 2003 during Laporta's first year as president. The fans are once again behind their side, and have flocked back to the stadium as a result.

Lewandowski's leadership abilities have also been apparent. Having won the Golden Boot the last two seasons, his quality has helped him take on a leadership role within the dressing room, making him the closest thing Barcelona could have to Messi.

His three goals on Wednesday night saw him move past Karim Benzema for third in the all-time Champions League goalscoring chart, now onto 89.

He now sits behind only Messi and Ronaldo, who lead the way with 125 and 140 respectively.

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