Robert Lewandowski, Poland’s legendary striker, turns 35

Poland’s legendary striker Robert Lewandowski just celebrated his 35th birthday, making the inevitable end of his career looking closer than ever. Truth be said, Lewy could retire today and would still be part of the giants of the game. 

Since his rise to the top with Dortmund in the early 2010s, the Pole has consistently remained among the very best number nines in the world. His numerous successful years at Bayern Munich put him on top of the football planet by 2020 when – if not for the questionable decision to cancel the ceremony – he would have been awarded the ultimate individual price in his sport: the Ballon d’Or. 

As our regular readers know well, Lewandowski’s statistics defy reason. He won all that there is to win with Bayern, namely the Bundesliga, the Champions League, the German Cup, the German Super Cup, the World Club Cup, and even the European Super Cup. He even did so all in the same season. Statistics speak for themselves. Since 2009, Lewy has won 12 championship titles (including 9 in a row since 2015) and has scored at least 20 league goals in 11 seasons.

Last summer, the Polish sniper was transferred to another heavyweight club: FC Barcelona. With the Blaugranas, he completed a sensational first season, scoring 31 goals and producing 7 assists. The Catalans were crowned champions of Spain as a consolation for not having been able to make it out of the group phase in the Champions League. 

This season, there’s no doubt that Lewandowski will be giving his best to lead Barça at the very least to the final stage of the prestigious competition. By the way, that would put the odds in his favour to get closer to the magic mark of 100 Champions League goals. With 91 scored so far, it looks like a question of time. 

When it comes to Poland’s national team, Robert Lewandowski has the most matches played (142) as well as the highest number of goals (78). He’s been the White and Reds’ most valuable asset for over a decade. The EURO 2024 is likely to be the last opportunity to witness the Polish champion perform at the highest level for his country in an international competition. In order to do so, the White Eagles will need to get out of a group phase where they are facing a sensitive situation following a humiliating loss (3-2) against Moldova in June. 

One thing is sure, we will continue to monitor Robert Lewandowski’s performances now that he is about to enter the final stage of his career. We hope and believe he will continue to be making the headlines for at least a couple more years. 

 

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Author: Sébastien Meuwissen

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