Robert Lewandowski began his Champions League campaign for Barcelona with a hat-trick as Xavi Hernandez’s side walloped Viktoria Plzen 5-1 at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.
The hat-trick is Lewandoski’s first for Barcelona, making it eight goals in just five appearances for his new team in all competitions.
“I knew from the beginning here it was going to be important to adapt right from the first game,” he told uefa.com.
“Today is my wife’s birthday so the goals and the birthday were for her. The fact that she was in the stadium on her birthday means a lot. Something amazing for me,” he said.
Lewandowski climbed ahead of Karim Benzema into third place on the all-time Champions League goalscoring charts with his 87th in the competition.
Barcelona visit Lewandoski’s former club next Tuesday in a real test, after Bayern’s opening 2-0 win at the San Siro.