His 531 goals for club and country exceed Suarez’s 497 by 34 goals, even though Suarez has played in 15 more career games. And when you subtract penalties, Lewandowski with 58 and Suarez with 47, Lewandowski still leads the career goals count by 23 goals.
Twenty-three goals is a small margin to separate these two. But with the best of the best, every inch matters.
The second advantage is success in the Champions League. Lewandowski has led two different clubs to the Champions League fina, winning one.
The most famous has to be for Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the 2013 Champions League Semi-Final. Lewandowski scored four goals in the home game to single-handedly beat Real Madrid 4-1. Despite losing 2-0 in the second leg, Dortmund went through to the final, where they lost to rivals Bayern Munich.
Robert Lewandowski is currently the third top scorer in Champions League history with 72 goals in 95 games . . . Luis Suarez is all the way back in 33rd place with just 26 goals in 55 games. You may be thinking that Lewandowski has played in 40 more games. And while that is true, it does not account for that big of a difference. Lewandowski has a .76 goal ratio in the Champions League, which exceeds his .68 overall ratio.
Suarez, on the other hand, has a .41 CL goal ratio, much less than his .64 career goals ratio. The gap is perhaps best shown by the barren spell Suarez had for Barcelona between 2017 and 2019, scoring just two goals in 20 champions league games.
So, you could argue Lewandowski is slightly a better finisher and performs better at the highest level. But at the end of the day, both players have 1 Champions League medal each, so maybe that goalscoring difference is overstated. With that said, let’s look at the case of Luis Suarez.