Robert Lewandowski could not rank fairly as excessive as Diego Maradona or Cristiano Ronaldo within the listing of all-time greats however he’s as important to Poland because the Argentine was to his nationwide group within the Nineteen Eighties or the Portuguese is to the Euro 2016 champions. “You symbolize the pleasure of a nation and are an inspiration for hundreds of thousands of individuals,” Paulo Sousa instructed Lewandowski shortly after taking on as Poland coach.
If Sousa desires his group to shine on the Euros he’ll want the Bayern Munich striker to repeat the shape he confirmed within the Bundesliga this season, wherein he broke the league report of 40 objectives scored in a single marketing campaign. The Greatest FIFA Males’s Participant of the Yr in 2020 has solely scored two objectives at three main tournaments mixed, nonetheless, and may have a tricky job this time with Poland going through Slovakia (June 14), Spain (June 19) and Sweden (June 23) in Group E.
Few might have predicted the influence the Warsaw-born striker would make when he scored on his worldwide debut towards San Marino in 2008. Lewandowski has since joined an unique membership of gamers synonymous with their nationwide groups like Maradona, Ronaldo and Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahamovic.
It’s each a blessing and a curse for on the shoulders of those gamers relaxation the hopes and pleasure of a nation and, in the event that they fall, so does the group. Simply ask Brazil after Neymar missed the 2014 World Cup semi-final towards Germany.
Many strikers use their pace and power to drive their method into the field. Lewandowski, nonetheless, depends on guile near aim, needing solely a contact or two with foot or head to attain.
At Bayern, he appears to have a connection together with his attacking group mates that makes him perceive the place to be at any given time. The result’s that Lewandowski has made the Bundesliga his playground, a spot he has extra enjoyable than anybody else.
Few defences can address the striker who will want all his psychological power and a cool head to cope with the strain from 38 million Poles pinning their hopes on his performances. A profitable European Championship could also be what is required for Lewandowski to lastly win the Ballon d’Or.