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Robert Lewandowski: “Could I win the Ballon d’Or? My achievements can answer this question”

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Great exclusive chat with the Polish striker of Bayern Munich

In the 2019-2020 season, he was one of the great favorites to win the Ballon d’Or, but Covid-19 prevented the ceremony from being carried out. In the 2020-2021 season he got tired of scoring goals (46 in total) with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. In the area he is lethal, extremely effective, but off the courts, the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (Warsaw, 1988) is quite a down-to-earth guy, yes, with a presence on social networks, but just enough, without so much show, brands, poses , prefers to be recognized for his goals and remembered as a versatile forward. And boy is he, because Robert’s numbers are scary. In 704 games he has scored 494 goals.

A few days after the Ballon d’Or was awarded in Paris, Robert Lewandowski spoke with MARCA Claro from Poland about his chances of winning this recognition, about the day he broke Gerd Müller’s record in the Bundesliga, about Erling Haaland, the influence that Guardiola had in the way he sees football, among other issues

In the 2019-2020 season, he was one of the great favorites to win the Ballon d’Or, but Covid-19 prevented the ceremony from being carried out. In the 2020-2021 season he got tired of scoring goals (46 in total) with Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and in the Champions League. In the area he is lethal, extremely effective, but off the courts, the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski (Warsaw, 1988) is quite a down-to-earth guy, yes, with a presence on social networks, but just enough, without so much show, brands, poses, prefers to be recognized for his goals and remembered as a versatile forward. And boy is he, because Robert’s numbers are scary. In 704 games he has scored 494 goals.

A few days after the Ballon d’Or was awarded in Paris, Robert Lewandowski spoke with MARCA Claro from Poland about his chances of winning this recognition, about the day he broke Gerd Müller’s record in the Bundesliga, about Erling Haaland, the influence that Guardiola had in the way he sees football, among other issues

Q: Do you think soccer, fate, owes the golden ball to Robert Lewandowski?

A: I don’t really know, because it doesn’t matter where I come from, because I have a chance of winning the Ballon d’Or, I have shown that it is not important where you come from, no matter how hard you work, to be there, I have shown that despite having I had a difficult start in my career, you can be very successful and be at the top.

Q: Were you able to sleep the night you broke Gerd Müller’s record?

A: I have to say no, I couldn’t sleep well, I remember well that the week before the game, I heard that I was about to break the record. Up to that point he had not realized the importance of breaking it, not only for the Bundesliga, but also for the history of football. That day, in that game I was trying to score that goal, I thought “how difficult mentally, because everyone is talking about this.” I knew that I was very close, that I was about to make history, it was hard, but after scoring in the last seconds of the game I said to myself “this is like a Hollywood movie”, I was very proud of myself, of my teammates, because They helped me a lot to break this record. To be honest I still do not measure it, but I know what it represents for people, who remember this record that was 50 years old.

I want people to talk about me for what I do on the pitch, for my statistics, for my goals, for my titles.

Q: Robert, last season you scored 46 goals, in your entire career you have more than 550 goals, do you think you deserve more attention from the media?
A: No, I don’t need more attention to feel better. I want to feel happy with myself, feel good about what I do, not do things for the ‘show’, not do things for the people, for the media. We are all human, we have a private life. I know that people are interested if you do ‘show’, or if you do something strange or different. I want people to talk about me for what I do on the pitch, for my statistics, for my goals, for my titles.
Q: Where does Robert Lewandowski see himself in 10 years?
A: I have many options, I started to prepare for after my life as a footballer at the age of 27. Right now I can’t tell you if I’m going to be a coach or not, at the moment I don’t want to be, but maybe after 2 or 3 years that I retire, I will miss this, I will miss the locker room. At the moment I do not think about this, because I have so many things to think about that I have left in my life as a footballer, in the trips that I have to do, the games that I have to play, it is very difficult to know what I will do. I am preparing myself, I will choose what is my best option and above all the one that makes me happy.

Q: What have been the keys to your successful career?

A: I want to always be the player who can join any tactic, any coach, any team. I want to be a modern striker who can play on the right, left, with the head, on the counterattack, against an opponent who plays far behind and does not give spaces. Systemic training was very important to me. I always thought that I could improve my skills and be a versatile player for the present, for the future. I want to be the forward who can do everything, not just the one who holds the ball or who is part of a counterattack.

It doesn’t matter where you are from, what really matters is how good you are.

Q: Suppose you had to give advice to a Robert Lewandowski who was just 18 years old. What would?

A: Be 100% confident. If you are from a country like mine, which did not have so many great international players, it is difficult. Prove to everyone that no matter where you are from, show anyone that no matter where you come from, what really matters is how good you are. That was what I always had in my head.

Q: What does Bayern Munich represent for Robert Lewandowski’s career?

A: It was the big leap for me. I remember those training sessions with Phillip Lamm, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Xabi Alonso, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müeller. The level of training was very high, I remember that I wanted to learn a lot, I wanted to take that next step in my career. I always thought that I could learn positive things from these players, in defense or in attack. The way we played, how we won the Champions League without losing, it was something historic, no one else had.

Q: What influence did Josep Guardiola have on your career?

A: he taught me to see football from another point of view. Understand football from movement, tactics, how to use football from tactics. After the stage with Guardiola, I think differently about football, because I saw and I see football from outside, from another perspective, I see who was wrong, who could have done better, and how you can go one step ahead of your rival. I talked to him, he explained the tactical part to me a lot, he told me: I can’t help you to be a better striker, because you’re very good, but I can help your team take the ball to the area and there you know well what you have to do and how you have to do it.

Q: Where is Robert Lewandowski going to play next season?

A: I’m not really thinking about that, we are just starting the season, we’ve only been there for two months, I have a two-year contract.

Play alongside Haaland? I’m not the one to say that we couldn’t play together.

Q: Can Robert Lewandowski and Erling Haaland play on the same team?

R. We are different players, he is a great young player, with a great future, he loves to play counter attack, he has a very strong left, with a lot of power. I am a forward of another type. Play together? I’m not the one to say that we couldn’t play together.

Q: Bayern’s start in the Champions League has been impressive. Are they the top candidates for the title?

A: Yes, one of the candidates to win it like every year. We are always there, among the favorites, like some other teams. The really important thing is how we get to the months of March, April, May, but Bayern are always on the list of favorites.

Q: How do you handle that pressure of having to win everything every year for a team like Bayern?

A: You have to know how to live with this pressure, how to cope with it and how to make it help you, not be a problem for you. Of course there is a lot of pressure and there are many expectations, but for the Bayern player it must be a motivation. You must know how to live with this. If you want to be at the top, you must like this, because otherwise playing without pressure and without expectations, it must be very boring.

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