There’s not a lot Robert Lewandowski can’t do. He finished Bayern Munich’s treble-winning season as the top scorer in the Bundesliga (34), DFB-Pokal (6), and Champions League (15), and was just named as the player of the season in Germany.
He had the season of his life and unfortunately missed out on a massive chance at winning the Ballon d’Or, but France Football decided to scrap the honor altogether this year due to the coronavirus. He’s at the peak of his career and in a recent interview with kicker (via Goal), the Polish international said he wants to keep playing until he’s 40-years old and feels that he hasn’t even reached his “optimal” level.
Lewandowski’s current contract with Bayern runs through 2023, but he said that it will not be the last contract of his career: “It will not be my last. Ending my career at FC Bayern is an option, of course, but I still have so many years to go.”
At 32 years of age, Lewandowski said he feels better now than he did when he was 26. Because of that, he’s really not thinking about the end of his career right now: “I don’t think about the end of my career. I don’t feel like 32. I feel better than when I was 26. I’ve worked very specifically in recent years to reach my optimal level.” He said he could see himself playing for “maybe eight [more] years.”
We know that thanks to his wife, Anna, he always has expert nutritional advice at his disposal, which has greatly contributed to the shape he’s in. His diet regime has famously dubbed the “dessert before dinner” phrase that we often times joke about here at BFW, but it alludes to the breakdown of certain carbohydrates and how it’s better for his metabolism and digestion to have certain sweets before eating his dinner. It’s clearly worked for him in addition to everything else he does to keep himself in the best shape possible.
Just as quickly as Bayern secure yet another historic treble, preparations for the 2020/21 season are right around the corner. The coronavirus pandemic has caused schedules to be severely truncated, which Lewandowski sees as another challenge to meet head on: “The next season will be extremely difficult, you have to be a little clever. You can’t always play 90 minutes and score two goals when you’re under a lot of stress. Sometimes you have to slow down a bit and pay attention to who the opponent is in the next game because the team always comes first. My priority is the team, not myself.”
Of course, managers will still have the option to use five substitutions in matches, but the truncated schedules will still be physically demanding on the players. Lewandowski’s amazing fitness levels might leave him better equipped to deal with such a packed and congested schedule, but it might be difficult for him to equal or better his scoring tallies from this season. He is, after all, Robert Lewandowski, though - anything is possible with this man!