13 fun facts about Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski
Everything you need to know about the Polish superstar!

Robert Lewandowski is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for FC Barcelona and the Poland national team.

He was born on August 21, 1988, in Warsaw, Poland. Lewandowski started his professional career with Znicz Pruszkow, before moving to Lech Poznań, where he became one of the top scorers in the Polish league.

His impressive performances earned him a transfer to Borussia Dortmund in 2010, where he continued to shine and established himself as one of the most fearsome strikers in Europe.

In 2014, Lewandowski moved to Bayern Munich, where he continued to excel and became one of the top goalscorers in the club's history. He has won numerous awards and accolades, including the Bundesliga's top scorer award several times, and was named the Uefa Men's Player of the Year in 2020.

Lewandowski is widely regarded as one of the best strikers in the world, and his exceptional goalscoring ability, powerful aerial ability, and clinical finishing have made him one of the most feared forwards in the game. In 2022, he left Bayern Munich and joined FC Barcelona.

Off the field, Lewandowski is known for his dedication to training and his focus on improving his game. He is also active in charitable causes, including working as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador.

Lewandowski's hard work, talent, and commitment to his sport have made him one of the most successful and respected footballers of his generation, and he continues to inspire fans and players alike with his incredible performances on the field.

But what are the 13 things you absolutely need to know about the attacker?

  1. Born into a sporting family

    The star footballer hails from a sporting family. Lewandowski's father Krzysztof was a national-level Judo champion and also played football for Polish side Hutnik Warszawa. His mother Iwona Lewnandowska is a former volleyball player who represented AZS Warszawa.

  2. Married to a sports woman
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    Married to a sports woman

    Not just his parents, Lewandowski is also married to a sportswoman. His wife Anna Lewandowska is a three-time Karate world champion. The couple got married in 2013.

  3. Five goals in nine minutes!
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    Five goals in nine minutes!

    Lewandowski achieved this incredible feat in 2015 during a match between Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg.

    He scored five goals in just nine minutes as his side won the tie 5-1.

    This was a remarkable feat and one of the quickest hat-tricks in Bundesliga history.

  4. Blackburn’s loss was Bundesliga’s gain

    Did you know that Robert Lewandowski was very close to plying his trade in the Premier League back in 2010 when Blackburn Rovers wanted to sign him?

    The then-Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce was impressed with his performances at Lech Poznan and the English were very close to sign the player.

    In fact, the Poland forward was due to take a flight to complete his move but the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull erupted in April 2010 causing disruptions to air travel for six days.

    Lewandowski eventually signed for Borussia Dortmund the same year and went on to become an icon in Bundesliga.

  5. Was close to joining Genoa

    Not just Blackburn, but Lewandowski was also wanted by Serie A club Genoa as admitted by the player himself in 2010 before he signed for Borussia Dortmund.

    Speaking to Sky Sports Italia in 2021, the player said, "I received an offer from Genoa in the past and I even went to the stadium to watch a derby against Sampdoria. However, I already knew I would have joined Borussia Dortmund because they were playing in European competitions.

    "I like Italy, I spend a lot of time there during the summer. I like the food and people, Italians are excellent people, especially with kids, let’s see what will happen in the future."

  6. Back to back Best Fifa men’s player
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    Back to back Best Fifa men’s player

    Robert Lewandowski won back-to-back The Best Fifa Men's Player award in the year 2020 and 2021.

    He is only the second player to win the award twice after Cristiano Ronaldo.

  7. Fastest hat-trick in Champions League’s history

    Fastest hat-trick in Champions League’s history

    The fastest hat-trick in Uefa Champions League history was scored by then Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

    He achieved this feat on December 8, 2020, in a match against Red Star Belgrade.

    Lewandowski scored three goals in just four minutes and 42 seconds, breaking the previous record held by former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba.

  8. Nicknamed ‘The Body’

    Robert Lewandowski is often referred to by the nickname "The Body." This nickname is a reference to his impressive physical attributes, which include his strong and athletic build, powerful legs, and quick movement on the field.

    Lewandowski's physique is an important factor in his ability to play top-level football and score goals, and it is one of the reasons why he is considered one of the best strikers in the world.

    The nickname was bestowed upon him by his former Dortmund teammate Nuri Sahin.

  9. Idolised Baggio, Del Piero and Henry!
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    Idolised Baggio, Del Piero and Henry!

    Robert Lewandowski admitted that he grew up idolising three of the greatest strikers in world football, Italy duo Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero, and Arsenal and French legend Thierry Henry.

  10. Bayern Munich’s all-time second highest goalscorer

    Bayern Munich’s all-time second highest goalscorer

    The striker spent eight years at Bayern Munich before leaving them in 2022 for Barcelona.

    In the eight years, he appeared in 372 matches where he scored 344 goals and became the second-highest goalscorer in the club's history after legendary Gerd Muller who netted 523 goals in 580 matches.

  11. Most goals in a single Bundesliga season
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    Most goals in a single Bundesliga season

    In the 2020/21 season, Lewandowski broke the record for the most goals scored in a single Bundesliga season with 41 goals.

  12. A degree in physical education

    In 2017, Lewandowski finished a degree in Physical Education with coaching and management at Warsaw’s School of Education in Sport. It took him 10 years to get to this point, and his thesis was focused on himself!

    His subject ‘RL 9, path to glory’ marked the end of a decade of study for the Poland international, who was given the highest possible grade by his university panel.

  13. Also known for his charitable work

    Robert Lewandowski is known for his charitable work and has been involved in various charitable initiatives over the years.

    One of his most notable charity efforts was in 2020, when he and his wife, Anna Lewandowska, established the 'RL9 Foundation', which is aimed at helping children in need, supporting education and health initiatives, and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

    In addition to this, Lewandowski has also made significant personal donations to hospitals and medical institutions in his home country of Poland to support Covid-19 relief efforts.

    These efforts are just a testament to Lewandowski's commitment to giving back to the community and making a positive impact on the world.