Earlier today, Robert Lewandowski was honored by receiving Poland’s Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta from President Andrzej Duda for his sporting achievements for both Bayern Munich and the Poland national team (Eurosport). The honor is reserved for outstanding achievements for both military personnel and civilians in Poland.
The honor adds to what’s already an impressively long list of accolades Bayern’s number 9 has collected within the past season and a half. This honor specifically focused on his achievements during the 2019/2020 season during which he collected winner’s medals for the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League, ending as the top scorer in each of those competitions. Not to mention he also won both the DFL and UEFA Supercup with Bayern and helped lead Poland to Euro 2020 qualification, which will now be played this summer since it was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Individually, he was also named FIFA Men’s best player, Globe Soccer’s best player of the year, UEFA’s player of the year, the Champions League’s best forward of the year, the Bundesliga player of the year, and Tuttosport’s Golden Player. Now that he’s received the Commander’s Cross from Poland’s President, he’ll have to re-rebuff his famous trophy collection photo.
After getting the award, Lewandowski said he doesn’t plan on slowing down his hunger for success whatsoever. “No matter how many trophies I have already won...right now my ambition is high and I don’t want to rest on my success,” he affirmed. He’s already on pace to collect yet another Torjägerkanone in the Bundesliga with 35 goals to his name already this season. His first goal in Bayern’s 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart also took him clear into second place in the Bundesliga’s all time scorers list ahead of Klaus Fischer, but still behind Gerd Müller. If he scores at least six more goals this season, he’ll also break Müller’s 40 goal, single season record in the Bundesliga.
In another shred of good news for Lewandowski, he’ll now be able to take part in Poland’s World Cup qualifier vs. England at Wembley Stadium in London at the end of the month. There were concerns that he wouldn’t be able to take part because of the federal mandate in Germany where players would have to quarantine for 14 days upon re-entry into the country after visiting the U.K, which would mean that he would’ve missed the April 3rd clash vs. RB Leipzig. Per Eurosport, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki telephoned Chancellor Angela Merkel to ask if Lewandowski could be granted an exception for the Poland-England match, to which she agreed. This will also be the same for Hertha Berlin’s Krzysztof Piatek, who would’ve faced the same fate upon returning to Germany.
This is a legendary photo: