On 15 May 2023, all eyes were on FC Barcelona when they took on Espanyol at RCDE Stadium. The Blaugranas had a chance to win the title with a win and they did not disappoint as Barcelona defeated Espanyol 4-2. With this win, they won the La Liga 2022/23 Title with four more matches to go.
Currently, they have 85 points in 34 matches and it is their first La Liga Title after their club legend, Lionel Messi left in August 2021. However, Robert Lewandowski has been an integral part of this title win. He scored two goals against Espanyol and equalled an incredible record held by another Barcelona legend, Ronaldo Nazario.
Robert Lewandowski has 31 goals and seven assists so far in 42 games in all competitions
In this La Liga season, the Polish striker has 21 goals and six assists in 30 matches. In all competitions, Lewandowski has 31 goals and seven assists in 42 games. Hence, he became the first player since Ronaldo Nazario to score 30 or more goals across competitions in his first season at the Catalan club. Ronaldo scored 47 goals and provided 12 assists in 49 games in his first season (1996-97 season). Currently, Lewandowski is also the highest scorer as of now in the tournament.
Ahead of this season, this prolific striker joined FC Barcelona for a €50 million deal until the year 2027 from Bayern Munich. So, his first full season with the Blaugranas turned out to be a dream season in terms of scoring goals. Speaking of the match against Espanyol, Barca took a 3-0 lead in the first half only, courtesy of Lewandowski’s brace and a goal from Alejandro Balde. In the second half, Jules Kounde scored the fourth goal while the home side managed to score two goals.
After the victory, Barcelona head coach, Xavi Hernandez said: "It was a very emotional moment, a moment very hard not to celebrate after so many months of work. We didn't celebrate just because it was Espanyol's stadium. (It brings) a lot of calm, a lot of hope for the future. I am very happy. We did a great job, a league won with four games remaining, that's to the absolute merit of the team."