Lewandowski talks Benzema, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich exit, and Barcelona goals | OneFootball
Lewandowski talks Benzema, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich exit, and Barcelona goals
Newly signed FC Barcelona superstar Robert Lewandowski has recently sat down with Sport1 for an exclusive interview, where the striker discusses various topics, including his relationship with Bayern Munich and Uli Hoeness.
But before anything else, though, Lewandowski heaped praise on Barcelona for pulling off an excellent presentation at Camp Nou, attracting 57,000 fans – more than Ronaldinho or Neymar’s unveiling.
“I wouldn’t have expected so many fans. It doesn’t matter that there were more with me than with other players like Ronaldinho. Those were other times anyway. In the end, it is very nice if you receive so much support directly. Such experiences remain forever,” said Lewandowski.
The forward went on to talk about his deceased dad and how glad he would have been, of his son’s achievement.
“Dad would have been very proud and satisfied. He always told me in my childhood that he dares me to reach the highest level one day.
“This gave me a lot of motivation and hope to achieve my dreams. I miss him and I am sad that he could not experience all this, whether in Dortmund, Munich or now Barcelona. But I’m sure he’s sitting up there in the front row and is proudly looking down at me.”
Lewandowski joined Barcelona after eight successful years at Bayern Munich, during which he netted as many as 344 goals in 375 competitive matches.
Speaking about his farewell at Bayern, Lewandowski added: “It was a strange feeling to go to the training ground for the last time. The association and the city mean a lot to me.
“When I think back alone to the five goals against Wolfsburg, the 41 goals in the Bundesliga or the sextuple with Hansi Flick – these were wonderful moments.”
When asked about his decision to force an exit from the Allianz Arena and join Barça, the forward replied: “It’s as it is. We made history together and I always gave 100 percent. There was no day when I leaned back.
“Those responsible also know that. Mutual gratitude, mutual respect – that’s how we stayed together. FC Bayern will always remain in my heart.”
Lewandowski went on to reveal his final dialogue with those in charge of Bayern Munich, including Uli Hoeness.
“We exchanged ideas kindly with each other, handed our hands. In the end, the positive prevails. I spoke to everyone again: Hasan, Oli, including Uli Hoeneß.”
“He said that he always has an open ear for me and I can always call him when I need anything. That was very nice, he is a great personality and I am grateful to him, but also to all other people from the board. It was important to me that nothing negative gets stuck at the farewell,” he said when asked about his final dialogue with Hoeness.
Ever since the arrival of Robert Lewandowski, La Liga fans have already started dreaming about another great attacking rivalry between the Pole and Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema.
However, Lewandowski insists he is not driven by personal glory and only wants success as a collective unit at Barcelona.
“I look at myself and my team, not at others. Of course you are looking forward to games like the Clásico and Benzema is a great striker, but in the end it’s about winning titles with Barca. Everything else is irrelevant.”
Finally, Lewandowski was asked about the Ballon d’Or amid speculation that he chose Barcelona simply to win the coveted individual award. But the striker was quick to deny the claims.
“I have always said that the success of the team drives me. Such prices are nice extras, but that’s not why I wanted to go to Spain. What was partly written was not true,” he said.
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