Robert Lewandowski — he’s one of Europe’s most prolific goal scorers and, at 30 years of age, still ranks as one of the fittest players in the world, let alone the Bundesliga. A few weeks after the 2019/2020 campaign begins, he’ll turn 31, but the striker has shown absolutely no sign of slowing down any time soon.
In a recent interview captured by Bundesliga.com, the Polish ace said he doesn’t feel as if he’s 31 and still has plenty left in the tank before he hangs his boots up for good:
I want to play for at least another four years. I don’t feel like I’m about to turn 31. I’ll try to make the most of my time, and that means keeping myself in the best shape possible.
Impressively enough, Lewandowski has never missed more than four matches in any season since he’s been in the Bundesliga. He has scored 202 goals, becoming the record foreign goal scorer in the league. He surpassed ex-Bayern player Claudio Pizzaro on that list last season. Coming off of 22 league goals last season, Bayern’s number 9 will look to lead the line yet again. He’s now had nine consecutive seasons where he’s played in at least 30 matches. Only Hoffenheim’s Oliver Baumann, a goalkeeper, has equaled that feat. Lewandowski missed not a single game last season due to injury, and there were only two competitive fixtures in which he did not feature: Bayern’s 1-1 draw with Augsburg in September and their 2-1 victory over SV Rodinghausen in the DFB-Pokal second round.
For a man 30 years old, Lewandowski’s fitness exceeds expectations, thanks in part to his wife, Anne, who’s a fitness and nutrition expert as well as a karate champion. The striker credits her for helping him immensely with his nutrition and sleeping habits. The most famous tip is Lewandowski’s routine of eating his dessert before his main course to burn fat more efficiently. Eating sweets and simple carbs after a larger dinner can slow down the digestion process and cause blood sugar levels to spike.
Fully fit or not, Lewandowski realizes that he can’t play forever, so he wants to do everything he can to make sure he can play as long as he can:
A football career doesn’t last that long. Everything I do should help me to keep playing.
At this rate, another four years of football doesn’t seem like a task that will be too difficult for Lewandowski. He’s on the verge of signing a new, three-year contract extension with Bayern. If he indeed plays for at least another four years, the majority of them will fortunately be with Bayern.
Some of Lewy’s best bits from last season:
Robert Lewandowski puts the ball in the back of the net a lot ⚽️— Goal (@goal) May 23, 2019
This season was no different pic.twitter.com/3Arsuxn3vf