Polish footballer Robert Lewandowski has officially introduced himself to Barcelona fans following his move from Bayern Munich in July. The 33-year-old Gunner was greeted by nearly 60,000 supporters at the Camp Nou stadium.
Despite major financial problems, the Catalan club bought Lewandowski for 50 million euros (about 1.23 billion crowns) including bonuses. The seven-time top scorer in the Bundesliga, who had the final year of his contract in Munich, signed a contract with Barcelona for four seasons. He completed part of the pre-season tour of the United States with coach Xavi’s squad, failing to score in three pre-season matches.
“It wasn’t easy, but I’m here now. As a Barca player, I feel great pride. Thank you very much,” Lewandowski told the fans in a mixture of Catalan and English. In the new blue-red jersey with the number nine, he also performed several tricks with the ball at the stadium, and the fans appreciated him with thunderous applause.
Lewandowski will celebrate his 34th birthday on August 21, which he doesn’t see as a problem. “I don’t think my age is important now, it’s just a number. I feel better than when I was twenty-nine,” said the two-time best footballer in the world according to FIFA.
The Polish national team captain left Bayern after eight years, during which he won eight German titles with them and added a Champions League triumph in the 2019/20 season. He also made stays in Dortmund and Poznań. Lewandowski scored 50 goals in 46 competitive appearances last season. He scored a total of 344 goals in 374 games for Bayern and broke several records of legendary striker Gerd Müller.
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