It’s been one other outrageous season for Robert Lewandowski as he continues to strike concern into Champions League defences.
The 31-year-old striker loved a outstanding 54-goal season in 2019/20 as Bayern Munich accomplished a treble by successful the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League.
However Lewandowski’s profession might have been so, so totally different – if it wasn’t for a volcano…
Sam Allardyce’s quest for a striker when supervisor of Blackburn Rovers noticed him scour Europe for a goalscorer to spice up their Premier League survival possibilities in 2010.
With David Dunn and Morten Gamst Pedersen creating possibilities regularly, Jason Roberts, Franco Di Santo, Nikola Kalinic and David Hoilett have been simply not reducing it up prime.
Head of recruitment Martyn Glover advisable Lech Poznan hitman Lewandowski to Huge Sam, who had scored 21 instances in 34 video games. Discussions have been had, a £4million price was agreed and the deal was all however performed.
Nonetheless, the volcanic ash might which spurted from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull mountain grounded nearly all flights from northern Europe, together with Lewandowski’s flight to the UK to agree the deal.
As a substitute, Borussia Dortmund pounced in the summertime and Rovers have been made to kick themselves as Glover (now Head of Recruitment at Southampton) watched because the Poland worldwide developed into one of the vital deadly strikers on the continent.
The Poland captain scored his 54th purpose of the season in Bayern’s 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona final week.
Lewandowski has reached the 40-goal mark in 5 successive seasons, with 245 efforts recorded in whole for Bayern throughout simply 286 appearances. He scored 34 objectives within the 2019/20 Bundesliga marketing campaign, which was the third time he managed over 30 objectives.
In 2006, he was launched by Legia Warsaw (his residence city membership) for being too weak. Krzysztof Sikorski, one among his early coaches, remembers: “He was very skinny. His legs have been like sticks, and I used to be all the time scared that others would break them.”
His household have extraordinary bodily attributes and athletic genes are distributed all through; Lewandowski’s father, Krzysztof, was a Polish judo champion and soccer standout. His mom, Iwona, was knowledgeable volleyball participant. His older sister, Milena, performed aggressive volleyball.
So how did the scrawny striker turn into the Polish powerhouse followers have develop into accustomed to in the present day?
Lewandowski married Anna Stachurska, a karate World Cup bronze medalist, in 2013. Mrs Lewandowski is a well known sports activities nutritionist, with an internet site, weblog, books, DVDs and greater than 1.6 million Instagram followers.
In addition to reducing out cow’s milk and soya milk, the health fanatics not often imbibe alcohol and have massively diminished their consumption of fatty and sugary meals.
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI’S TYPICAL DIET
Created by health guru spouse Anna, the Bayern Munich striker has all of the components to succeed
- Breakfast: Porridge
- Lunch: Spaghetti with veg, beetroot juice with recent spices
- Snacks: Pancakes or brownies with matcha tea
- Dinner: Contemporary fish or meat
She instructed Bild: “Crucial factor is coaching and diet. We chorus from lactose and wheat flour. It’s about high quality meals.
“Pancakes, brownies, vegetable spaghetti, porridge or millet. We additionally prefer to eat high-quality fish.
“Typically after coaching we drink beetroot juice with cinnamon or cayenne pepper. Once we combine many meals without delay, generally we aren’t doing the precise factor.
“We really feel bloated, must loosen our trousers. The combination is an excessive amount of for our physique.”
Tom Williams in Bleacher Report. wrote: “So profitable was Lewandowski’s strategy to diet and health that at Dortmund he was nicknamed ‘The Physique’ by his admiring teammates.”
Former Dortmund teammate Nuri Sahin mentioned: “Lewy has probably the most unimaginable physique, it’s simply pure muscle groups. It stuns the opposite gamers within the altering room.”
In addition to striker particular drills at Bayern, the ahead additionally partakes in high-intensity exercises which targeted on explosive energy.
Not solely does he get pleasure from weightlifting and kickboxing along with his spouse, Lewandowski works out at his residence fitness center.
“We’ve received a fitness center at residence and I apply it to my days off, often with my spouse Anna,” he instructed an interviewer.
“Typically I do particular workouts to work on my focus, which is essential for a striker. And I want power to be able to compete towards highly effective defenders.”
When Pep Guardiola ended his sabbatical from Barcelona and took the Bayern job, he was shocked to study of Lewandowski’s bodily and psychological dedication to the game.
“He’s probably the most skilled participant I’ve ever met,’ he mentioned in 2016 based on AS.
“In his head, he thinks about the precise meals, sleep and coaching: 24 hours a day. He’s all the time there, by no means injured, as a result of he focuses on these items.
“He all the time is aware of what’s essential to be in the most effective situation. However I used to be all the time very, more than happy with him, from the primary second.”
With a contract in Bavaria lasting till 2023, the German champions have full religion that Lewandowski will nonetheless be a chief centre ahead, breaking their standard stance on contract extensions for gamers over 30 years previous.
He has performed 30 or extra video games per season within the Bundesliga up to now decade – a report solely overwhelmed by a one different participant, a goalkeeper.
And maybe probably the most essential purpose for this unwavering consistency is his strategy to getting relaxation durations, together with hiring a sleeping coach.
“There have been two or three classes the place we met,” he instructed Sport Bid. “It goes over some particulars as to how I can regenerate higher.
“For instance, that there isn’t any supply of sunshine within the room in any respect. We even mentioned by which place I sleep greatest.
“Since I’m right-handed and my proper foot is stronger, it’s higher for me to sleep on my left facet. I’m making an attempt to place that into apply, but it surely’s clearly arduous to implement it one-to-one.”