Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich’s Polish attacker, is considered by many as being amongst the best football players in the world and his stats are unbelievable. Having already scored 4 goals against Real Madrid during the 2013 Champions League semi-finals, he then did the unthinkable two years later by scoring 5 goals in only 9 minutes of play againt Wolfsburg! On 22 May 2021, he broke Gerd Müller’s mythical record goal scored in a single seaon in the Bundesliga, thus becoming a legend. Let’s take a look at the career of Robert Lewandowski, the goal-scoring machine that just can’t stop.
The rocky start of “Bobek”
Robert Lewandowski grew up in the village of Leszno in western Warsaw with his sister, Milena, and his parents, Krzysztof and Iwona, both of whom were high-level athletes and gym instructors. From a young age, Robert (then nicknamed “Bobek”) was an avid footballer and was always out kicking a ball about whatever the weather. In 1997, his father signed him up to play for Varsovia Warsaw, where he would stay for 8 years. His goal-scoring instinct and natural talent quickly caught the attention of his coaches, who could see his tremendous potential.
In 2005, a 16-year-old Robert joined Legia Warsaw, which many consider as the best club in Poland and started playing for their reserve team in the Polish Third Division. His arrival at the club was marked a most tragic event: The death of his father and mentor, Krzysztof.
His stay at Legia was blighted by injuries and the club’s expectations of him were not met. When his contract came to an end in the summer of 2006, Robert was told that despite his incredible talent, he would not get a new one and needed to find a new club. One of the reasons to justify this surprising decision was Bobek’s build, which was considered as being “too skinny”.
Later, Legia recognised that letting Lewandowski slip through their fingers was “one of the greatest mistakes in the club’s history”.