Robert Lewandowski is the best striker today and a strong candidate to be the best player in the world in 2020.
Much more than the numbers, what most impresses the Polish’s career is its evolution. Scorned at Legia Warsaw-POL, the striker passed through Poland’s third and second divisions to draw attention to his country’s elite.
Taken to be a reserve of Borussia Dortmund 10 years ago today, he is a world football star. The skinny and shy guy became a professional reference, an example among colleagues and a favorite of fans across the planet.
With no chances at Legia Warsaw, Lewandowski went on to play for Znicz Pruszków and was top scorer in the Polish third division. Then, he was the scorer of the country’s second team and played for Lech Poznan before arriving at Borussia Dortmund in 2010.
“While I was there, he did not play for the main team. When we trained together, it was each one in a team. He was moving up from the youth teams. I won the position and we rarely trained on the same team. It was a very curious situation. . Today we see the phenomenon he has become, a reference striker. The style of play has changed a lot, I am very happy with his evolution ”
Sport striker Elton played with Lewandowski at Legia Warsaw
“He is a guy who is hungry to improve as a player, and for that, he has a special diet that his wife does. She is a nutritionist and well known in Poland. Robert even told me that the big change in his career, which was when he reached the top for clubs and selection, it was when he radically changed what he ate. “
“In addition, he avoids everything that has gluten and lactose. The day before playing, after dinner, he still kills a plate of rice pudding to fill with carbohydrate and glucose to play the next day. Then, in recovery, there is a lot of recovery greenery and avocado. “
“He was an extremely professional and hardworking guy. He had a very different diet and didn’t have a gram of fat on his body. He lives for football. You never see him get hurt, he’s like Zé Roberto. ”
“He was a very calm guy, quiet and like him. It was not so much to talk about. I believe that today he lost some of that shyness and is looser ”.
“He was very quiet with us because he didn’t speak much German either. He talked more with the two Poles on the team, Kuba and Piszczek, who helped him a lot. ”
“Despite all the success he has and the fact that he is one of the greatest strikers in the world, he is a simple and very humble guy. He is always willing to help and we all recognize him as our natural captain. He never had to force leadership, is something he has inside. I can say that I feel privileged to play with him. He is a leader on and off the field and a great person. “
From reserve to top scorer
“There was a time at Dortmund that Kagawa injured and Lewandowski became the 10th in our team, as we played in 4-2-3-1. And I will tell you that he didn’t have any difficulty and was beautiful, because he protected the ball very well and distributed great passes. “
“Every year he improves his numbers. He is an example, because he always seeks to improve, even though he is at a very high level. In the Polish league, I played against him several times, but I prefer it much more now, that we play in favor.”