Robert Lewandowski is arguably one of the best strikers in modern-day football. The 33-year-old has played 253 games with Bayern Munich and has scored an utterly impressive 238 goals across all competitions since 2014 when he joined the club on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund.
The Polish striker still has 1 year left on his contract – but is looking for an exit out of Bayern Munich. Despite approaches from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona is looking to lead the race to sign Lewandowski.
It has been reported that Bayern Munich is not willing to accept any offers under $40M. And why wouldn’t they? They have a goal-scoring machine. Lewandowski helped Bayern Munich win the Bundesliga this year with an 8-point lead over Borussia Dortmund.
Although Barcelona is interested in the striker, it is uncertain whether they can afford him. Within the last year, there have been many speculations on the financial hardships Barcelona is facing. No one outside Barcelona really knows what is going on. We do know Luuk de Jong’s loan at Barcelona is coming to an end this June, which will free up some salary allocation for another striker.
Although Barcelona is experiencing or is reported to be experiencing financial hardships, they are still one of the biggest clubs in the world. Can Barcelona sign Lewandowski? Possibly. Will Barcelona sign Lewandowski? Only Barcelona president Joan Laporta can fully answer that question. For now, we can just speculate as fans.
Robert Lewandowski is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Poland national team. Recognized for his positioning, technique, and finishing, Lewandowski is considered one of the best strikers of all time, as well as one of the most successful players in Bundesliga history. He has scored over 600 senior career goals for club and country.
After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers of Polish football with Znicz Pruszków, Lewandowski moved to top-flight Lech Poznań, helping the team win the 2009–10 Ekstraklasa. In 2010, he transferred to Borussia Dortmund, where he won honours including two consecutive Bundesliga titles and the league’s top goalscorer award. In 2013, he also featured with Dortmund in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Lewandowski agreed to join Dortmund’s domestic rivals, Bayern Munich, on a free transfer. In Munich, he has won the Bundesliga title in each of his first eight seasons. Lewandowski was integral in Bayern’s UEFA Champions League win in 2019–20 as part of a treble. He is one of only two players, alongside Johan Cruyff, to achieve the European treble, while being the highest goalscorer in all three competitions, and first to do it as the sole top scorer.
A full international for Poland since 2008, Lewandowski has earned over 130 caps and was a member of their team at UEFA Euro 2012, Euro 2016, the 2018 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2020. With 76 international goals, Lewandowski is the all-time top scorer for Poland. He won IFFHS World’s Best International Goal Scorer Award in 2015 and 2021, IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer Award in 2020 and 2021, and IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Goal Scorer Award in 2021. He also won the IFFHS World’s Best Player in 2020 and 2021, and the European Golden Shoe for the 2020–21 and 2021–22 seasons. Moreover, Lewandowski has been named the Polish Footballer of the Year a record ten times and the Polish Sports Personality of the Year three times.
In 2020, Lewandowski won the Best FIFA Men’s Player Award (retained in 2021) and the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award. He has been named to the UEFA Team of the Year twice and the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season four times, and is the third-highest goalscorer in the history of the competition. Lewandowski has been named the VDV Bundesliga Player of the Season a record five times. He has scored over 300 goals in the Bundesliga (second-highest goalscorer of all time in Bundesliga, behind only Gerd Müller’s 365 Bundesliga goals), having reached the century mark quicker than any other foreign player, and is the league’s all-time leading foreign goalscorer. Moreover, he has won the Bundesliga Top Scorer Award in seven seasons, most prominently in the 2020–21 Bundesliga where he scored 41 goals in a single campaign, breaking Gerd Müller’s previous Bundesliga record of 40 goals, set in 1971–72. On 30 November 2021, he finished second in the Ballon d’Or, just 33 points behind the winner Lionel Messi.