BARCELONA ( Associated Press) — Breakfast, training, goals.
In his official presentation on Friday in front of nearly 60,000 Barcelona fans at the Camp Nou stadium, Polish striker Robert Lewandowski said he is confident that at 33, he still has the appetite and will help the Catalan club revive its fortunes. ability to help.
“First, I’m going to have breakfast so I’m not hungry anymore and then I’m going to training sessions,” Lewandowski said of what motivates him to get up every day. “Of course, you know, it’s easier for me because I’m doing what I love. I must say that even after all these years I still have this feeling, I still want to do more.. . As long as I wake up and feel no pain[and]feel this hunger, it means I can still play at the highest level.”
Barcelona have entrusted their reincarnation to the veteran Polish striker, who, after eight highly successful seasons at Bayern Munich, decided to open a new chapter in his career by moving to Spain.
Yet he does so at a crucial moment: when Lewandowski can either maintain his position as one of the world’s top scorers or begin to enter the end of his career.
Barcelona’s success this season may depend on its path.
Lewandowski will turn 34 a week after making his Barcelona regular season debut against Rio Vallecano on 13 August.
“My age doesn’t matter, it’s a number,” Lewandowski said. “I don’t feel like I’m 33. I feel great physically, I’ve been playing at the highest level for many years.”
The presentation at Barcelona’s home was the first opportunity for Spanish fans to see Lewandowski in person. He signed a four-year deal with the Catalan club two weeks before joining Barcelona on their pre-season tour of the United States following his 50 million euro ($50 million) transfer from Bayern.
Nearly 60,000 fans got free tickets to see Lewandowski in his new No. 9 shirt on the hot and humid Camp Nou pitch.
The striker, who has topped the Bundesliga scoring charts for seven seasons, comes to Barcelona in hopes of bouncing back after lifting just one trophy in his last three seasons – the Copa del Rey in 2021 – and nothing in his career . final campaign.
Now Lewandowski hopes that not only will he contribute to goals, but that his knowledge will help young Barcelona players, such as teenagers Pedi González, Anu Fati and Gavi Páez.
“My experience can help the rest of the players to perform better. There is a lot of potential and talent in the team.