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Lewandowski Lists Four 'GOAT' Contenders, Names His Three Idols

Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski, who leads this season's European Golden Shoe race, has named four players he believes can be considered among the greatest of all time, and also listed the three players he grew up admiring.

Click through the gallery above to see the four players Lewandowski named as football's 'GOATs' and the three footballers he loved when he was growing up!

In a recent interview with Germany legend Lothar Matthaus, the Polish forward was asked to name whom he believes is the best footballer in history.

The 32-year-old, however, explained that he does not think there is one player that stands above the rest, before saying Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are among four stars who could be considered as players who have helped shape modern football over the past 15 years.

"There isn't a single player who can be singled out," he told Matthaus in the interview with Bild.

"Players shape epochs. It used to be you.

"The last 10, 15 years, Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho. Previously, the Brazilian striker Ronaldo.

"There are always extraordinary talents, appearances that simply convey fun in football. World stars manage to make difficult things appear easy and simple."

Lewandowski also discussed the players he grew up idolising, saying the last footballer he really admired was Arsenal icon Thierry Henry, whom he admitted to wanting to play like.

"I remember exactly. When I was six years old, there was only one idol for me: Roberto Baggio!" he said.

"Alessandro Del Piero later became my role model in football, I admired him. However, I could not yet judge exactly what characterises his style of play, I was just too young for that. It later became Arsenal legend Thierry Henry.

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"His movements, the runs in from deep, the finishes – as a young footballer these were the qualities I wanted to have. I wanted to imitate Henry in everything."

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