After winning everything with Bayern, Robert Lewandowski is offering himself a new challenge as a 33-year-old: winning in Barcelona, in a league other than the Bundesliga, and proving, as he himself said. , that he can still “get better with age”.
Barça formalize the arrival of Robert Lewandowski by announcing a contract of principle. The only thing left is to satisfy the medical examination and the Pole will sign his contract.
It is not specified in the press release, but the Spanish press states that it is a three-year contract with an optional year, for a transfer fee of 45 million euros excluding bonuses.
Twice named the best FIFA player of the year (2020 and 2021), but never the Ballon d’Or, the Pole is one of the top scorers of the last decade, only outclassed by the two alien Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. His record is impressive: ten times German champion (including twice with Dortmund and eight with Munich), winner with Bayern of the Champions League and Club World Cup, he is also the third top scorer of all time in the Champions League (86 goals, draw with Benzema), and the second top scorer in Bundesliga history with 312 goals, beaten only by the legendary Gerd Müller (365 goals).
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But what for years seemed like an endless love affair with Bavaria came to an abrupt end.
And his way of announcing unilaterally, from Poland, that his relationship with Bavaria was “over”, shocked Germany, a country that has praised him for more than ten years. “These are words that are unworthy of this player, thus tarnishing his immaculate image”, commented in particular Kicker, the reference magazine for German football.
Last December, Lewandowski still confirmed in front of the whole world when he received his award for best Fifa player: “I do not have to go and prove myself in another league. With the Champions League I can compete with the best. I am 100% focused on Bayern and I do not think of anything else“Six months later, the shooter slams the door as he still has a one-year contract left.
What happened in the meantime? According to his agent Pini Zahavi, “he has not felt respected by the leaders for several months. Bayern did not lose the player Lewandowski, they lost the man Robert“, says this adviser. The press says that Lewandowski took it badly to learn that Bayern had tried to recruit Erling Haaland, the Norwegian prodigy striker who eventually left Dortmund for Manchester City.
Seeing a 21-year-old direct competitor arrive would not have pleased this athlete with a steel body, almost never injured, who believes – and his performance proves it – that he is still in top form despite his 33 years. “Age is just a number, I feel very good, my fitness indicators have never been so good,” he said, adding that at the end of 2021 I know that with my body I can still play for years at the highest level.
Trained by his wife, a former Polish karate international who especially controls his diet, the striker maintains an impressive physique through an extremely rigorous lifestyle. His teammates had nicknamed him “The Body” as a tribute to his body sculpted by weight training. “My husband is a machine,” says Mrs. Lewandowska. The ball at the foot, the player discovered in 2010 in Lech Poznan of Dortmund is less spectacular than Messi or Neymar. His direct play, of formidable efficiency, is not fraught with technical frills or swaying dribbles.
But he is in the right place, at the right time, to place the perfect attacker gesture. Has this lack of glamor hurt her in the past? The man has at least suffered from not always being recognized for his talent. In 2016, he finished in 16th place in the Ballon d’Or, won by Ronaldo, and expressed his frustration on Twitter with a line of “laugh to tears” emoticons before calling the France Football competition a “cabaret”! He was never happy with victories and traveled to Barcelona with the firm intention of picking up a few more titles there. And why not another individual award or two if he helps bring the Catalan club back to the top of Europe?