- Lothar Matthaus played for the German national team between the year 1980 and 2000
- He also featured for top European clubs including Bayern Munich and Inter Milan
- Now 59 years old, Matthaus claims Robert Lewandowski is better than Lionel Messi
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Lothar Matthaus has come out to make huge claims that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is better than Barcelona’s Lionel Messi ahead of their epic Champions League quarterfinal showdown.
Lewandowski has been lethal in front of goal in the last couple of years as he also got a brace in Bayern’s Champions League last-16 second leg against Chelsea.
The 31-year-old helped the Bavarians cruise to a 7-1 aggregate victory over the Blues to set up a quarterfinal clash against Messi's Barcelona.
Matthaus who had a long spell at Bayern Munich between 1992 and 2000 making 400 appearances stated that the Spanish team should not be feared.
"Messi faces his successor as the best player in the world: Robert Lewandowski,” he told Bild according to SunSport.
"He is the best player, not just the best forward. The Barca of today is no longer the same as before.
"They have Messi, of course. A player like him is always capable of genius. But he alone will not be enough against this Bayern. Barcelona does not scare me."
Lewandowski's ridiculously rich vein of form has seen him bag 53 goals in just 44 games in all competitions this season.
He found the net 34 times in 31 Bundesliga appearances as the Bavarian club lifted their eighth league title in a row in June.
However, Lionel Messi was earlier named the European Player of the season for the ninth time in 11 seasons as statistics website WhoScored ranked the Barcelona star above other players.
Although the Catalan giants struggled during the just concluded league season, that does not stop Messi who scored goals for fun and also going on to make record assist.
The 33-year-old netted 25 times in 33 Spanish league appearances this campaign - earning him his seventh Pichichi award. A record no one has attained in the history of the league.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Messi’s move to Inter Milan has continued to gain prominence following the report of the Argentine buying a penthouse apartment close to the club's headquarters in Milan.
The 33-year-old's current deal with Barcelona expires in the summer of 2021 and has not agreed to extend his stay at the club.
With the Argentine set to become a free agent next June, Inter has been touted as his new destination with the Serie A club also showing interest in him.
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