Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski didn't do his FIFA Ballon d'Or Award chances any harm at all after he scored one of the goals in the 4-1 thumping of hosts Lazio in the Champions League knockout stage.

Robert Lewandowski won the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award for last year ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and he's the favourite to win the FIFA Ballon d'Or Award for this year. The Polish international player scored the opener after nine minutes to set Bayern Munich on their way to a big victory at the home of Lazio in Rome, Italy.

Robert Lewandowski capitalised on some woeful defending from the Lazio players at the StadioOlimpico to score and take his Champions League tally to 72 goals. He was able to move past Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez, who had 71 goals before he retired. Only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have more Champions League goals than Robert Lewandowski.

Juventus attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading goalscorer in the history of the competition with 134 goals, while Barcelona skipper Lionel Messi is not far behind with 119 goals. Ronaldo was not able to add to his tally in the Champions League knockout stage when his Juventus team suffered a 2-1 defeat at FC Porto, while Messi scored from the spot to give Barcelona the lead against PSG and take his Champions League goals to 119 but things quickly went downhill was the Argentine maestro and Barcelona. His team conceded four goals to lose 4-1 at home to PSG.

FIFA Ballon d'Or Award favourite Robert Lewandowski scored the opening goal of the Lazio game for Bayern Munich before further goals from young midfielder Jamal Musiala and German international Leroy Sane made it a 3-0 lead for Bayern at the interval. Sane forced an own goal out of Italian defender Francesco Acerbi before Lazio pulled one back through Joaquin Correa. The second leg is in Munich next month and Bayern are almost through to the next round, the quarterfinals.