In an interview with WELT, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge didn't hold back any praise for the prolific Bayern center-forward Robert Lewandowski. Upon being asked if the 32 year-old Pole could be expected to perform better at 35 than ex-Real Madrid and current Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Rummenigge named Lewy to be probably the best professional he’s witnessed at the club.
While 32 and 35 years of age are never considered to be “old” in the everyday world, football is a sport with high physical demands where the general consensus is that a player’s decline in performance sets in upon reaching the other side of 30.
Being ridiculous goal scoring machines and freaks of nature, Ronaldo and Lewandowski have consistently put in stellar performances defying their age, with Ronaldo having a 37 goal season, helping Juventus to their 9th consecutive Serie A title and Lewandowski having one of the best seasons of his career— winning the European Treble and being the top scorer in all three competitions with a total of 55 goals in the 19/20 season alone!
Unlike recent transformations like that of Leon Goretzka, Lewandowski has always been known as “the Body.” It’s common knowledge among the Bayern fanbase that Anna, Lewandowski’s wife, is a professional nutritionist who carefully monitors her husband’s diet and ensures that his nutritional requirements are met to help Lewy stay on top of his game. What isn’t very common knowledge however is the rich sporting history in the Lewandowski family — Robert’s father Krzysztof was a Polish Judo champion who also played football for Hutnik Warsaw in the Polish second division, while his mother Iwona was a volleyball professional, which Robert’s sister would go on to become too.
One year ago today... @lewy_official #MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/QHiXpDyTij— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) April 24, 2020
Appreciating Lewy’s unwavering dedication, work ethic to harness the potential in his DNA and maintain his body in top top condition, Rummenigge compared him to Adonis, the Greek god of beauty and desire, while also bringing up how the Pole’s commitment to his profession inspires the many youngsters at Bayern,
“He is a wonderful model for our young guys.” Everything, “his diet, his lifestyle is focused on success.” “When I sometimes am in the locker room and see his upper body — he Is like Adonis. There’s nothing better.”
Lewandowski extended his contract until 2023 not too long ago. Lewy has now emphatically realized his dream of winning the Champions League this season along with the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal to complete the second treble in the club’s history. Given the current direction of the club under manager Hansi Flick, it might really take quite a while for age to catch up to Lewandowski!