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Building the Bayern Munich machine that is Robert Lewandowski took some time

The Polish Hitman credits his wife with helping him revamp his diet and nutrition.

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Most observers just think Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski is a machine.

The Poland international, though, acknowledged it takes a lot of engineering to make that machine run at optimal levels on a consistent basis.

One of those “engineers” is his wife Anna, who has helped the Polish Hitman revamp his nutrition.

“It all started about 10 years ago. We started with a few things. I thought it was all fine, it isn’t a big bother. We started with little things like diet, also specific training sessions away from football. And then one or two months later I’d always see the first little effects,” said Lewandowski in an interview with Bundesliga.com. “Then we would keep going step by step with something new. They were small things but so important. When I was 20 or 21, I would always have a breakfast with normal milk and cornflakes. Then at training I was always a bit empty, a bit tired. I was thin — a bit of normal muscle — but I never thought food could impact how you extracted power from within your body. That’s why we started with things and I noticed I could recover quickly, work even harder in training.”

Lewandowski said he did not get the results he wanted quickly, though. The Golden Shoe winner knew it was going to be a process.

“You can’t expect it to completely change your world within a week or a month. You need time and patience. We always found something new. When I’d come home after games, I’d always speak with my wife about what I could do better, what happened. I was always someone who wanted to leave things for himself and try to solve problems himself. Then I tried speaking with my wife,” Lewandowski said. “Having kids made me more open as a person. Then I just saw a lot of things where I can simply help myself by talking, explaining where things work or don’t work.”