Robert Lewandowski’s 2019/20 season was unimaginable as he helped Bayern Munich win a well-known Bundesliga, Dfb Pokal, and Champions League treble.
The Poland worldwide netted an unimaginable 55 targets in 47 video games – it’s no marvel he was aggravated the Ballon d’Or was cancelled this 12 months.
He’s no flash within the pan both, Lewandowski has been prolific all through his profession and domestically has scored 229 targets in 273 matches for Bayern, whereas serving to the membership win 5 successive Bundesliga titles within the course of.
Subsequently there’s little marvel why the 31-year-old has been dubbed one of the best striker on the earth, and one factor is for sure is that he’s not in need of admirers throughout the recreation.
Lewandowski can have the chance to stake his declare for subsequent 12 months’s Ballon d’Or and he’s already obtained seven league targets in 4 video games forward of his 2020/21 Champions League bow in opposition to Atletico Madrid.
However what do the sport’s greatest must say about him? talkSPORT.com takes look.
The pair stay near this present day with Lewandowski naming Klopp as his favorite supervisor following a wonderful spell collectively at Borussia Dortmund.
The Liverpool supervisor says he took immense pleasure within the position he performed in serving to the striker grow to be some of the formidable forces in world soccer.
“The largest satisfaction you will get is once you take a participant [Lewandowski] from Poland, from a small membership and watch him enjoying at present,” he stated upon his appointment at Anfield in October 2015.
“The distinction between that participant and the participant he’s at present is unbelievable. I’m not self-confident sufficient to suppose I’ve had the one position in his improvement, however after all I did play a giant half.
“Everyone knows one of the best gamers of at present. Tomorrow we don’t know, so we will work for this. The need to enhance is crucial factor for a Klopp participant. Character.
“Once I handle a membership, every younger participant ought to smile as a result of the prospect is larger for them than it ever was. The door is fairly large open and I don’t care about expertise. Expertise is a vital level, however not crucial.
“In fact if a participant is on a prime degree already and you may maintain this for 2 or three years, then all the pieces is ideal. However the younger weapons are very fascinating. That’s what I take pleasure in doing.”
The Manchester City boss has labored with a number of the largest stars in world soccer, together with six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, as effectively Barcelona legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta.
However it’s a member of his enjoying squad from his Bayern Munich days who stands out from the remaining by way of his method to the sport.
“He’s probably the most skilled participant I’ve ever met,” Guardiola stated on Lewandowski. “In his head, he thinks about the correct meals, sleep and coaching: 24 hours a day.
“He’s at all times there, by no means injured, as a result of he focuses on this stuff. He at all times is aware of what’s essential to be in one of the best situation.
“However I used to be at all times very, more than happy with him, from the primary second [we met].”
A Bundesliga and world soccer legend on the pitch, Klinsmann believes that no striker has made an even bigger influence in soccer throughout the final decade than the Bayern Munich star.
“I imply if I look over time there’s actually one striker that has been great for the Bundesliga who performed earlier than for Dortmund, then he went to Bayern. And it’s Robert Lewandowski,” he defined.
“He’s the entire striker that I usually evaluate to – since I used to be myself a striker – to a phenomenon that I performed in opposition to many instances myself, Marco van Basten.
“At my time, Marco van Basten was probably the most full ahead on the earth, within the late 80s and early 90s. And I feel Robert Lewandowski put his stamp on the final decade like no one else.”
Within the City star’s thoughts there is no such thing as a higher striker in world soccer than Lewandowski – who he shared three seasons with at Sign Iduna Park underneath Klopp from 2011 to 2014.
“It was an enormous pleasure to play with him. He has improved many times,” Gundogan remarked.
“Technically he was at all times nice, now he additionally has that cool head. The best way he scored the targets is phenomenal.
“For me he’s one of the best and most full striker on the earth in the mean time.”
Muller and Lewandowski have loved monumental success collectively on the Allianz Area, with the previous lately urging his teammate to show he’s one of the best all-round attacker in world soccer.
“He confirmed his high quality once more, though he doesn’t must show his class to anybody,” the ahead stated again in 2018 amid hypothesis over his future.
“We’ve got to see that he’s at 100 per cent, after which he’s enormously essential to us. And that’s why the membership aren’t letting him go.”
The present Bayern boss is a large fan of Lewandowski, who presents a lot extra to his aspect than simply targets.
“Robert is totally world-class as a central striker,” he acknowledged.
“He has loads of high quality, particularly within the penalty space, he ensures targets and creates them too.
The World Cup winner isn’t shy about providing his opinion and, forward of Bayern’s Champions League conflict with Barcelona, revealed he believes the participant is presently the best on the planet.
Forward of the 8-2 thrashing, he stated: “[Lionel] Messi faces his successor as one of the best participant on the earth: Robert Lewandowski. He’s one of the best participant, not simply one of the best ahead.”
Austrian teammate Alaba is one other who believes Lewandowski needs to be held in the identical regard because the duo when many really feel are the best footballers to ever play the sport.
“He is likely one of the greatest, and possibly the greatest, striker on the earth,” Alaba stated. “He scores targets in virtually each recreation and, after all, I feel he deserves to be on the prime and spoken about with [Messi and Ronaldo].”
The previous Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund ahead is impressed by each his technical and psychological fortitude.
“His superior method and energy means you possibly can play him up entrance all on his personal,” Riedle stated. “He shields the ball completely after which brings team-mates into play. After which he’s an actual poacher as effectively. Additionally it is noteworthy how he has dealt mentally with all of the switch rumours. He has simply saved on enjoying and that perspective has all of the hallmarks of a terrific participant.”
In the meantime, ex-Liverpool, Actual Madrid and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sahin was extra in awe of the Poland ace’s physique…
“Lewi has probably the most unimaginable physique, it’s simply pure muscle mass. It simply stuns the opposite gamers within the altering room,” he cooed.
The German centre again performed alongside the Polish frontman for 2 years on the Allianz Area, and says defenders have ‘no benefit’ in opposition to Lewandowski.
“Robert is quick, agile, bodily and technically good, can drop and has a terrific end,” the 29-year-old stated.
“You merely haven’t any benefit in opposition to him. Robert is solely full and subsequently unpredictable.”