The takeoff of Robert Lewandowski leaves Bayern Munich with the unenviable errand of finding a substitution for the Bundesliga’s most productive contemporary striker after his relationship with the club went bad.
Following eight heavenly years in Munich, winning the Bundesliga each season and lifting the Champions League prize in 2020, Lewandowski declared in late May that “my story with Bayern reaches a conclusion”.
The forward turns 34 in August, yet Lewandowski is making it clear that things are not pulling back and presently leaves on a new test to have as much effect on Spain’s La Liga as he did in the Bundesliga.
He scored multiple times last season in Germany’s first class, in the wake of breaking the single-season scoring record in the past mission with 41 Bundesliga objectives, grabbing the record from Gerd Mueller who held it for a long time.
The Polish striker stops Germany’s first class having scored 312 objectives in 383 Bundesliga games for Bayern and previous club Dortmund.
Just German legend Mueller, who scored 365 objectives for Bayern in 427 Bundesliga games during the 1960s and 1970s, got more.
Yet, since Lewandowski won FIFA’s best male player grant for the subsequent year running in January, his relationship with Bayern has dynamically unwound.
With Lewandowski’s agreement terminating in 2023, Bayern sports chief Hasan Salihamidzic demanded toward the beginning of the year that the star striker was key to their arrangements.
However when a Sky correspondent transferred the message in a post-match interview in February, Lewandowski dropped the main clue that correspondences had separated. “I’m hearing that interestingly,” he said.
As reports arose that Barcelona were anxious to satisfy the striker’s desire of playing at the Camp Nou, Salihamidzic and Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn could demand Lewandowski would be held to his agreement.
He completed last season banging in objectives for Bayern, procuring the prize as the Bundesliga’s top-scorer for the fifth consecutive year.
In spite of coming out on top for a tenth consecutive Bundesliga championship last season, there was a waiting quality of frustration after Bayern’s shock Champions League exit to Villarreal in the quarter-finals.
A loss in Spain and draw at home showed how far Bayern right now are from the culmination of European football, fuelling Lewandowski’s craving to leave.
As pressures stewed between the player and club, lead trainer Julian Nagelsmann conceded he needed the matter set out to anticipate next season.
Lewandowski’s colleague Leon Goretzka said it was vital to “find a decent answer for all interested parties”.
However the productive poacher won’t be not difficult to supplant.
His 55 objectives in all contests in 2019/20 were critical to Bayern winning the high pitch, as Lewandowski turned into the first player to be top-scorer in quite a while League, Bundesliga and German Cup rivalries in a solitary season.
He has made a profession out of staggering objective scoring accomplishments.
In 2015, he wanted just shy of nine zapping minutes off the seat to score five objectives, driving the charge as Bayern thundered back from an objective down against Wolfsburg to dole out a 5-1 whipping.
Two years sooner, Lewandowski scored four objectives for Borussia Dortmund in the 2013 semi-last first leg against Real Madrid, helping his previous club into the last, where they were beaten by Bayern at Wembley.
Lewandowski was spotted as a crude 21-year-old playing for Polish club Lech Poznan, where he scored 41 objectives in 82 games, and joined Dortmund in 2010.