10 things you should know about Robert Lewandowski

10 things you should know about Robert Lewandowski

The new Barça striker is the first Polish player to play for the first team

Robert Lewandowski is now an FC Barcelona player. We take a look at 10 things you ought to know about the Polish striker. 

1) Lewandowski was born on 21 August 1988 in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. During his career so far he has scored 616 goals in 877 matches for club and country. 

2) He started his career at Legia Warsaw. After a spell as a 19 year old at Znics Pruszkow, he made his Polish First Division debut for Lech Poznan at the age of 20. In 2010 he moved to Germany to Borussia Dortmund and then in 2014 he joined Bayern Munich on a free transfer. 

3) Former Barça player Thierry Henry is one of Lewandowski's footballing heroes. "I have always tried to imitate what he used to, above all I like his style of play and his movement," said the Pole in an interview. 

4) Lewandowski has four entries in the Guinness Book of World Records. Playing for Bayern Munich, he came off the bench to scored five goals in nine minutes in a game against Wolfsburg, the most ever scored by a substitute. He also set the record for the quickest hat-trick, four goal and five goal haul. 

5) In 2017 the striker received an honours degree in 'Training and Management in Sport' from the School of Sports' Education in Warsaw, writing a thesis based on his sports career. 

6) Lewandowski is the all time leading scorer for the Polish national team with 76 goals, well ahead of second placed Włodzimierz Lubanski who has 45. 

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7) Robert Lewandowski's arrival at Barça sees him become the first Polish player to join the men's football first team. 

8) The striker comes from a sporting family. Robert is the son of Krzysztof Lewandowski, a judo champion and former professional footballer. His mother Iwona was a professional volleyball player as is is his sister. Lewandowki's wife, Anna Stachurska, was a bronze medallist in the 2009 Karate World Championships. 

9) Lewandowski is a striker who always has scored goals. He stands out for his touch on the ball and his running off it. 

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10) Lewandowski already has a lengthy list of honours to his name. He was league, cup and Super Cup champion in Poland with Lech Poznan and in Germany he has won the German Cup four times, once with Borussia Dortmund and three times with Bayern Munich. He has won the Bundesliga on 10 occasions, (two Borrusia, eight Bayern) as well as having won the Champions League, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA World Club Cup with the Bavarian club. On an individual level, he was twice named 'The Best' by FIFA in 2020 and 2021. 

 

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