Bayern Munich legend, Lothar Matthaus has lauded Robert Lewandowski and compared him to Messi.

The Poland international is a key player to Bayern Munich, scoring over 100 goals since he arrived from Dortmund in 2014.

And Matthaus believes Lewandowski, who already has 20 Bundesliga goals is an important player to Bayern.

“Lewy makes a difference, he cannot be replaced,” Matthaus said via the Bundesliga’s official website.

“Robert is an important figure in Munich like Messi is in Barcelona. However, when Messi gets injured, the image of the Catalan game changes completely. Bayern does not have this problem.

“Lewandowski is a key player, but the team is not as set up for him as the Real Madrid game under [Cristiano] Ronaldo or the tactics of PSG under Neymar.”

“Lewandowski really is an exceptional player,” Matthaus continued.

“Lewandowski does not have an alternate who guarantees the same quality. The Pole is currently the best nine in the world. Bayern will not find another player like that.”

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