Top Facts about Bayern Munich talisman, Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski started his career as a teen at Varsovia, and gradually made his way to the Polish top division to win the 2009-10 championship with 18 goals.
In 2014, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge announced that Lewandowski joined Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund, “Robert Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world. He will strengthen the Bayern squad and give us another boost. We’re delighted both parties have today signed a five-year contract until 2019.”
Lewandowski has a remarkable record for Bayern Munich, scoring 123 goals in 150 league appearances.
Unbelievably, Lewandowski almost joined Blackburn Rovers in 2010, who are now playing in League One, the third-tier of English football!
The Poland international admitted the volcanic ash cloud over Europe prevented him from joining Sam Allardyce’s side at the time, after his scheduled flight was cancelled.
Instead, the Lech Poznan hitman joined Borussia Dortmund later that summer. A move that ultimately proved very profitable!
He had a key role to play in leading the club to a Bundesliga and DFB Cup double in the 2011/2012 season. He scored a wonderful bicycle kick in his first friendly for Dortmund.
It was evident that he was a proper goal scoring striker as was proved by his four goal haul against Real Madrid in the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League in 2013. He then made a move to Bayern Munich.
According to reports, Lewandowski was desperate to join Real Madrid instead of Bayern Munich so that he could play alongside his legend, Cristiano Ronaldo, but he decided to join Bayern Munich in the end.
The interesting fact about Robert Lewandowski is that his family kept his name simple as they wanted to avoid tongue-twisters to help fans and media.
Lewandowski was once compared to a tree by a manager. When Franciszek Smuda, the former coach of Lech Poznan, saw the skills of Lewandowski as a teenager, he was not interested and compared him to a tree.
It turned out to be a big mistake as Lewandowski played well for Znicz Pruszkow and eventually moved to Lech.
The followings are top facts about the Bayern Munich goal-machine, Robert Lewandowski:
The main fact about Robert Lewandowski is that his family kept his name simple as they wanted to avoid tongue-twisters to help fans and media.
The 32-year-old player is fairly active on social media. With a huge number of followers (17.5 million) on Instagram, he is among the most influential sports figures.
Lewandowski has claimed the record for the fastest hat-trick, which took him just 3 minutes 22 seconds, the fastest four goals (5 minutes 42 seconds), the quickest to five goals and is the first player in German league history to score five times off the bench.
Lewandowski is the only Bundesliga player to come off the bench and score five goals in a match.
He netted five times in just 8 minutes and 59 seconds against Wolfsburg back in September 2015.
His incredible goalscoring feat that night also saw the striker record the fastest Bundesliga hat-trick in just four minutes.
Lewandowski needed 14 minutes and 32 seconds for four goals in Belgrade.
He needed just eight minutes, 59 seconds to score five goals after coming off the bench in the second half of Bayern's 5-1 drubbing of Wolfsburg in Munich in 2015.
The only record he failed to break was Dieter Mueller's 38-year-old record of six goals in a single match, which he scored for Cologne against Werder Bremen in a 7-2 victory.
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The Polish Beckhams
Lewandowski fell in love with Anna, a Karate world cup bronze medalist. Anna is a Polish athlete, a graduate of the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, a specialist on nutrition, karate, and representative of the country in traditional karate.
The 32-year-old is a multiple medalist of the World, European, and national Championships.
She reportedly met Lewandowski in 2008 and they got married in June 2013 in the Polish town of Serock.
The couple has two daughters named Klara and Laura.
Anna won a bronze medal for Poland at the Karate World Cup in 2009 and has represented her country in several championships around the world.
Their relationship has drawn lots of attention from the German media, who have called them the ‘Polish Beckhams’.
Lewandowski’s aerial ability has been improved by his wife. She has helped Robert immensely on his aerial abilities.
Anna has helped Robert to be more flexible thank to her career in Karate. It was reported that the bicycle kick he scored in his first friendly for Dortmund was due to his training with Anna.
Lewandowski was given a helping hand by his pals at Dortmund. When Lewandowski joined BVB, his friends Lukasz Piszczek and Jakub Blaszczykowski took him under their wing to help him settle at the club.
Lukasz Piszczek is a Polish professional footballer who plays for Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund. He is primarily positioned as a right back, but is capable of playing as a central defender.
Jakub Blaszczykowski is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a winger for Wisła Kraków and the Poland national team. In 2007, he joined Borussia Dortmund, where he spent the majority of his career.
BVB manager Jurgen Klopp then nicknamed Lewandowski’s friends Lolek and Bolek, who are heroes from a famous Polish comic book.
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Lewandowski in a traffic jam
Lewandowski has a huge following and when Dortmund beat Werder Bremen in 2012, he was immediately booked onto a sports program in Germany.
He got stuck in a traffic jam due to a collapsed bridge, and despite the German channel sending a helicopter to pick him up, he was unable to make it.
Lewandowski met Pope Francis
As a practicing Catholic, Lewandowksi was thrilled to personally meet Pope Francis while Bayern Munich visited Vatican City after thrashing AS Roma 7-1 in the UEFA Champions League back in October 2014.
Pope Francis told the players they “played a wonderful game”.
“Football is good and healthy and a good role model for children as a team sport,” the leader of the Roman Catholic Church added.
Poland's striker met Pope Francis when Bayern Munich visited Vatican City following a 7–1 win over A.S. Roma in the UEFA Champions League, in which Lewandowski, who joined the club in the summer from Borusia Dortmund, scored in the first half.
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Lewandowski has been crowned Polish Footballer of the Year for six successive times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016).
Previous winners of the award included former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek and Wolfsburg winger Jakub Blaszczykowski.
Since the start of the 2011/12 season, only Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more goals than Lewandowski.
As well as his seven Player of the Year awards in Poland, he has finished as the league's top scorer five times in 11 seasons. Winner of the Bundesliga Torjägerkanone in 2014 and 2016, he looks nailed on to become just the fourth player (after Gerd Müller, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and Ulf Kirsten) to lift the top scorer's cannon for a third time.
He is also on course for a fourth straight Bundesliga title with the Bavarian giants, after the two he won with Dortmund, and has claimed a domestic Cup crown with each of his three top-flight clubs. Only the Champions League has eluded him so far.
He was on the losing side as Bayern edged BVB at Wembley in 2013, but he could still get his hands on Europe's top prize in 2017/18, with Heynckes' side chasing another Bundesliga, DFB Cup, and Champions League treble.
Lewandowski charity works
Lewandowski and his wife have supported, donated, and raised money for various charitable organizations and children throughout their career, including Children's Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw, for which they've raised more than 150 thousand PLN during Anna's birthday party, on 25 August 2018.
Lewandowski also donated 100 thousand PLN for the treatment of Cyprian Gawel, a three-year-old boy from Hel; and helps raising funds for the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity each year, donating his personal items or private meetings that are sold at online auctions.
In March 2014, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.
In March 2020, Lewandowski and his wife, Anna, donated €1 million during the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic.
They stated, "Today, we are all aware of the difficulties of the situation that surrounds us. Today we all play in one team.
"Let's be strong in this fight and be unanimous. If we can help someone safely, let's do it. Good comes back.”
Beside philanthropy, Lewandowski also invests primarily in startups, e-commerce and websites. He also owns an agency specializing in marketing communications.
Lewandowski donated the football boots he used on his historic night to a charity. The night he was honored by Guinness Book of Records for five-goal haul for Bayern Munich.
Lewandowski, a professional
As a goal-scoring machine and a club legend in his own right, the unstoppable Poland international has transformed into possibly the most complete striker of his generation.
"Lewandowski is the most professional player I have ever met," Guardiola once said.
"He thinks about the right food, sleep and training, 24 hours a day. He's always there, never injured, because he focuses on these things, and he knows what's important to be in the best condition."
Like any world-class player, the Poland captain has worked incredibly hard to remain at the peak of his powers, instead of simply relying on his natural talent.
He clearly has one eye on the future as well, having completed a Bachelor's degree in Physical Education the day after Poland secured their place at the 2018 World Cup.
Defending a thesis based on his own career, Lewandowski was given the highest possible grade by the marking panel at the Warsaw School of Education in Sport, rounding out a decade of study in style.
Lewandowski is also the co-owner of a successful venture capital fund back in Poland.
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Lewandowski net worth
In 2013, Lewandowski signed a sponsorship deal with Nike, and thereafter played in Nike Hypervenom boots.
Lewandowski featured on the cover of the Polish edition of EA Sports' FIFA 15 video game, alongside Lionel Messi. Lewandowski's "X" goal celebration, arms crossed and index fingers pointing up, appears in FIFA 18.
Lewandowski currently earns a weekly wage of $264,917 which coupled with bonuses, takes his annual income to around $12 million.
As of March 2020, Lewandowski has an estimated net worth of $45 million. In 2019 alone, he received an annual salary of €15 million placing him atop the list of the highest-paid players in Bayern Munich.
Lewandowski owns an apartment in Warsaw, which is estimated to be around $7.5 million. The total estimated value of his houses and properties is around $17 million.
He also owns a number of luxury cars of brands such as Maserati, Aston Martin, Audi, and Ferrari, all of which are estimated to be worth around $9 million.
Lewandowski’s market value is around $94 million and he ranks among top 10 Bundesliga players in terms of market value. Moreover, he has endorsement deals with Nike, EA Sports, Huawei, Gillette, Opel, and CoverGirl.