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Ahead of Spain vs. Poland, Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara praises Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski

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Robert Lewandowski has earned the respect of his peers.

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Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool’s Thiago Alcantara will meet up on the pitch later today when Poland and Spain square off at the European Championships.

Just because they are no longer teammates, does not mean that Thiago does not not hold Lewandowski in high regards. When asked if he had spoken to Lewandowski ahead of the match, Thiago said they had not, but detailed why he is looking forward to seeing the Poland international.

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Thiago is looking forward to seeing Robert Lewandowski.
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“Not yet but we will. We spent six lovely years together and that’s the nicest thing about football – the friends made along the way. He’s a great player and if there had been a Ballon d’Or last year, he would have won it. It seems unfair the award couldn’t have been given online,” Thiago said to The Guardian. “His development is not just physical, it’s mental. He gets over 30 goals every year but keeps practicing, perfecting what he does well and working on what he doesn’t. That’s what makes him. A born winner, a perfect professional.

It was not just Alcantara, however, who has immense respect for Lewandowski on Spain. Alvaro Morata also talked through his admiration of the Polish Hitman.

“I like football, so I like Lewandwoski, he’s one of the best strikers in the history of football. When I’ve been lucky enough to play against him, I asked him for his shirt. He is someone I admire, he is a phenomenon, but hopefully tomorrow he’ll not have his best day,” said Morata (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “If there is a game where Lewandowski plays, then you have to stop everything and watch the game, he is one of the greats of our sport.”