Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski did not have an easy to be becoming the world’s best player.
That journey has been well-documented over the years, but one thing the Polish Hitman has always pushed himself to do to ensure he is constantly improving is to continue building on his technical skill base.
In reflecting on the last decade of his career, Lewandowski articulated his philosophy on how to best make improvements to his game.
“Ten years is a lot of time in football to get better and work on your weaknesses. The way I see it, it doesn’t really matter if you’re good at something, you can always get better. Back in 2010, the potential was there. But you have to use that potential,” Lewandowski told The Athletic. “You need to work on all aspects of your game, every single day in training. If you don’t work on those little details, you won’t get better. There is no player that’s 100 percent perfect, no shot that’s technically 100 per cent right. It’s about getting to the point when you can do those things on the pitch automatically, when they become a part of you. Then the communication between your brain and your feet happens instantly, without the loss of data or a time lag. And then you find the right finish. But you need to repeat all those steps a thousand times each season in training. That’s the only way. One of the most important things you must do as a forward is to keep your opponents guessing. They don’t like it.
Lewandowski’s commitment to helping his game evolve is something that all serious players would do well to mirror.