It’s been one other outrageous season for Robert Lewandowski as he continues to strike worry into Champions League defences.
The 31-year-old striker will likely be trying so as to add to his 54 objectives within the 2019/20 season when Bayern Munich tackle Paris Saint-Germain within the Champions League ultimate on Sunday night – with full commentary of the match LIVE on talkSPORT.
However Lewandowski’s profession might have been so, so totally different – if it wasn’t for a volcano…
Sam Allardyce’s quest for a striker when supervisor of Blackburn Rovers noticed him scour Europe for a goalscorer to spice up their Premier League survival probabilities in 2010.
With David Dunn and Morten Gamst Pedersen creating probabilities frequently, Jason Roberts, Franco Di Santo, Nikola Kalinic and David Hoilett have been simply not slicing it up high.
Head of recruitment Martyn Glover advisable Lech Poznan hitman Lewandowski to Big Sam, who had scored 21 occasions in 34 video games. Discussions have been had, a £4million payment was agreed and the deal was all however completed.
Nevertheless, the volcanic ash might which spurted from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull mountain grounded nearly all flights from northern Europe, together with Lewandowski’s flight to the UK to agree the deal.
As an alternative, Borussia Dortmund pounced in the summertime and Rovers have been made to kick themselves as Glover (now Head of Recruitment at Southampton) watched because the Poland worldwide developed into some of the deadly strikers on the continent.
The Poland captain scored his 54th objective of the season in Bayern’s 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona final week.
Lewandowski has reached the 40-goal mark in 5 successive seasons, with 245 efforts recorded in complete for Bayern throughout simply 286 appearances. He scored 34 objectives within the 2019/20 Bundesliga marketing campaign, which was the third time he managed over 30 objectives.
In 2006, he was launched by Legia Warsaw (his house city membership) for being too weak. Krzysztof Sikorski, one among his early coaches, recollects: “He was very skinny. His legs have been like sticks, and I used to be at all times scared that others would break them.”
His household have extraordinary bodily attributes and athletic genes are distributed all through; Lewandowski’s father, Krzysztof, was a Polish judo champion and soccer standout. His mom, Iwona, was an expert volleyball participant. His older sister, Milena, performed aggressive volleyball.
So how did the scrawny striker turn into the Polish powerhouse followers have turn out to be accustomed to in the present day?
Lewandowski married Anna Stachurska, a karate World Cup bronze medalist, in 2013. Mrs Lewandowski is a widely known sports activities nutritionist, with a website, weblog, books, DVDs and greater than 1.6 million Instagram followers.
In addition to slicing out cow’s milk and soya milk, the health fanatics not often imbibe alcohol and have massively lowered their consumption of fatty and sugary meals.
ROBERT LEWANDOWSKI’S TYPICAL DIET
Created by health guru spouse Anna, the Bayern Munich striker has all of the elements to succeed
- Breakfast: Porridge
- Lunch: Spaghetti with veg, beetroot juice with contemporary spices
- Snacks: Pancakes or brownies with matcha tea
- Dinner: Recent fish or meat
She advised Bild: “An important factor is coaching and diet. We chorus from lactose and wheat flour. It’s about high quality meals.
“Pancakes, brownies, vegetable spaghetti, porridge or millet. We additionally prefer to eat high-quality fish.
“Typically after coaching we drink beetroot juice with cinnamon or cayenne pepper. Once we combine many meals directly, generally we aren’t doing the correct factor.
“We really feel bloated, should loosen our trousers. The combo is an excessive amount of for our physique.”
Tom Williams in Bleacher Report. wrote: “So profitable was Lewandowski’s method to diet and health that at Dortmund he was nicknamed ‘The Physique’ by his admiring teammates.”
Former Dortmund teammate Nuri Sahin stated: “Lewy has probably the most unimaginable physique, it’s simply pure muscle tissues. It stuns the opposite gamers within the altering room.”
In addition to striker particular drills at Bayern, the ahead additionally partakes in high-intensity exercises which targeted on explosive energy.
Not solely does he get pleasure from weightlifting and kickboxing along with his spouse, Lewandowski works out at his house gymnasium.
“We’ve obtained a gymnasium at house and I apply it to my days off, normally with my spouse Anna,” he advised an interviewer.
“Typically I do particular workout routines to work on my focus, which is essential for a striker. And I want power with the intention to compete towards highly effective defenders.”
When Pep Guardiola ended his sabbatical from Barcelona and took the Bayern job, he was shocked to be taught of Lewandowski’s bodily and psychological dedication to the game.
“He’s probably the most skilled participant I’ve ever met,’ he stated in 2016 in accordance with AS.
“In his head, he thinks about the correct meals, sleep and coaching: 24 hours a day. He’s at all times there, by no means injured, as a result of he focuses on these items.
“He at all times is aware of what’s vital to be in the perfect situation. However I used to be at all times very, more than happy with him, from the primary second.”
With a contract in Bavaria lasting till 2023, the German champions have full religion that Lewandowski will nonetheless be a first-rate centre ahead, breaking their ordinary stance on contract extensions for gamers over 30 years previous.
He has performed 30 or extra video games per season within the Bundesliga up to now decade – a file solely overwhelmed by a one different participant, a goalkeeper.
And maybe probably the most essential purpose for this unwavering consistency is his method to getting relaxation intervals, together with hiring a sleeping coach.
“There have been two or three periods the place we met,” he advised Sport Bid. “It goes over some particulars as to how I can regenerate higher.
“For instance, that there is no such thing as a supply of sunshine within the room in any respect. We even mentioned wherein place I sleep finest.
“Since I’m right-handed and my proper foot is stronger, it’s higher for me to sleep on my left aspect. I’m making an attempt to place that into observe, however it’s clearly exhausting to implement it one-to-one.”