Robert Lewandowski talks about the history of Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and the UEFA Champions League
Bundesliga goalscoring king Robert Lewandowski is once again turning on the afterburner as he and his Bayern Munich team-mates look to create another memorable end to their domestic and European campaigns.
Having recently restored their nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga table, Lewy & Co. will contest Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg against Spanish side Villarreal dreaming of getting their hands on what would be Bayern’s seventh European Cup. For Lewandowski – nine times Bundesliga champion – the aim is to add even more trophies to a magnificent list of team and individual honours.
Talk to UEFA.com this week on his memories of moving from Borussia Dortmund – where he was a two-time Bundesliga winner – to Bayern in 2014, the prolific Pole said: “When I found out that Bayern were interested in me, it became very clear to me that I wanted to go. It was like stepping up a notch on the ladder, but I was aware that I had to show even more.”
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After four seasons at BVB, during which he scored 103 goals in 187 games in all competitions, Lewandowski spoke of a move to rivals Bayern as a natural progression. “From day one at Bayern I knew that with the players around me I would benefit a lot every day from every training session,” he said. “After two or three months, I already felt that I had become a better player.”
The 33-year-old has been lighting up the Bundesliga since arriving in Germany from Lech Poznan in 2010. In 12 seasons in the German top flight, he has erased several long-standing records and continues to post near-unheard-of numbers. as he strikes goal after goal.
Referring to his first steps at Dortmund, the consecutive Best FIFA Men’s Player winner explained: “It was a very difficult decision but I knew I had to go abroad. I wanted to show everyone that I was the right striker, the right person, at the right club, I’ve been through a lot [at Dortmund]; I showed everyone the footballer I wanted to be and I wanted to show that I could be better.
“I achieved it and I managed to show it to people. I’m really grateful for what I achieved playing for Borussia Dortmund and for what we won. We created the history of the club .”
Ahead of what will be his 105th Champions League game, Lewandowski continues to make history with Bayern. Currently this season’s top scorer with 12 goals in European football’s elite competition, the Poland international has amassed 85 Champions League goals in total, with only Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi boasting more.
With nearly eight full seasons under his belt at the German giants and 339 goals scored in 367 appearances in all competitions so far, the superstar striker continues to make all the right choices as he and Bayern continue to write. the story together.