Lewandowski goes to Barca (Sports News) – After a long stay at Bayern Munich and helping the club win 16 domestic and three international trophies, Polish superstar Robert Lewandowski is on his way to FC Barcelona. The Bavarian and Catalan clubs have come to a verbal agreement.
Lewandowski will be joining the Blaugrana on a €45 million fee, with €5 million in variables He will join the likes of Pablo Torre, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha, as Barca look to field a team for LaLiga and the Champions League under coach Xavi Hernandez. He will also be joining Barca in their preseason tour of the United States.
Lewandowski Goes to Barca – How it Happened
The 33-year-old had made it clear early on that he wanted to move on not just to another world-class club, but to another league as well. “Zahavi and Lewandowski gave their word to Barcelona since the end of February and have never disrespected that pact: three-year contract with the option of another year on top of that,” football journalist insider Fabrizio Romano said. “Lewandowski rejected Chelsea and PSG (Paris Saint-Germain), who wanted to try to make a proposal. He wanted to have an experience in La Liga, he considers Barcelona an extraordinary club and has received numerous calls from Xavi: all this has made a difference, he would never have considered any other club.”
Lewandowski Goes to Barca – Statement from Bayern
Bayern have expressed gratitude to the 33-year-old for his service. Chief executive of Bayern Oliver Kahn issued a statement over the star’s departure: “We have agreed to release Robert Lewandowski. We have a verbal agreement with FC Barcelona, the contract is still pending.
“We know very well what we have to thank Robert for, but great players have also left FC Bayern in the past, and even after that, Bayern’s world did not fall apart. On the contrary, it often continued with even more success.”
Lewandowski Goes to Barca – His Career So Far
Born 21 August 1988 in Warsaw, Poland, Robert Lewandowski began his career at Legia Warsaw. He turned pro in the youth teams at 2006 at Znicz Pruszków wherein he became their top scorer for two seasons. At Polish first division side Lech Poznan in 2009-10, he was again the best netter in the league.
He made his Bundesliga debut with Borussia Dortmund, where he would win the league twice. He also received a runners-up medal in the UEFA Champions League, wherein the Jurgen Klopp-coached Dortmund fell to Bayern Munich in the final.
As Bayern Munich’s talisman, Lewandowski has led the club to the following honours:
Bundesliga Champions (8): 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2019–20, 2020–21, 2021–22)
DFB-Pokal (3): 2015–16, 2018–19, 2019–20)
DFL-Supercup (5): 2016, 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021
UEFA Champions League: 2019–20
UEFA Super Cup: 2020
FIFA Club World Cup: 2020
As for individual honours, the Polish star has previously won the Golden Boot twice for highest scorer in Europe, and has finished runner-up twice in the Ballon d’Or race. He was also conferred by FIFA the title of “The Best” in 2020 and 2021.
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