Lewandowski on his way to new heights

Robert Lewandowski

Last week Robert Lewandowski and his wife Anna bought a villa on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca, following the example of sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and designated chairman Oliver Kahn.

Proudly owning a cozy beach house isn’t the only thing in the Polish spearhead’s life that’s working perfectly.

Having scored three goals in his clubs’ recent home game against Moenchengladbach, the Bavarians’ secured a 9th consecutive national title, his 7th championship with Bayern.

With the 1-0 opener Lewandowski scored his fastest goal in Bayern’s shirt since he joined the side in 2013 after only 2 minutes.

The 2020 Champions League winner is now on his way to reach the unprecedented number of 40 season goals achieved by German striker icon Gerd Mueller in the 1971-72 season.

“He is the world’s best, and one can see he wants to get to this mark,” Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer said after his team celebrated its latest victory, dancing on the pitch of the Allianz Arena.

Two league games remain to reach Mueller’s record for the man who won the 2020 best men’s player FIFA Award.

It seems more than a bold guess to imagine Bayern might have beaten Paris in this season’s Champions League quarterfinal with Lewandowski not being side-lined due to an injury.

The astonishing number of 201 goals in 2017 games for Bayern might tell the unique story of arguably football’s best striker dubbed “LewanGOALski” by teammate Thomas Mueller.

“He turned into a true leader for this team. He is not only considering his desire to score goals but the team’s benefit. That made him the world’s best striker,” German record international Lothar Matthaeus said.

TV-pundit Matthaeus said Lewandowski reached new heights, having turned from a self-fixed striker into a team player.

The striker’s role in Bayern Munich’s squad developed from being an important figure continually delivering goals to one of the team’s leaders and influencers over the past years.

The forward has become one of the Bavarians’ key opinion leaders always investigating new training methods and optimizing his life as a professional footballer.

Gone are the times when the striker regularly spoke about his sincere wish to leave and join another of Europe’s leading clubs. He repeatedly talked about his biggest dream of winning the Champions League as the main reason for leaving.

The Pole has successfully adopted a new working approach. He learned considering the team’s progress doesn’t harm his goal hunting efforts and he is benefiting from the support of his teammates.

Lewandowski has accepted no longer being one of the main targets of other big European clubs. But at the same time, he started to cherish what the Bavarians have to offer. The lone wolf has become a caregiver.

“Everyone can see he is feeling exceptionally well at Bayern. I guess you don’t find a better striker than him, “Bayern’s departing chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.

Bayern announced talks with the player’s agent Pini Zahavi to extend his contract beyond 2023 after reports spoke of the newly growing interest of clubs such as Chelsea and Paris St Germain.