On our blog piece this week, the content team at betBonanza decided to take a glance at the illustrious journey of one of football’s finest goal machines.
Without a doubt one of the best forward of the modern-day game, Robert Lewandowski is having a career that many can only dream of.
Born in Warsaw, Poland, The 33-year-old Bayern Munich Forward seems to get better with age. Like a fine wine, the Polish keep on setting and breaking every record within his reach at club level, as well as for the national team, which has seen fans worldwide adore him as he is always a joy to watch.
But things could have been a bit different if not for the late plot twist by Mother Nature.
JOINING BLACKBURN AND THE VOLCANO
In 2010, an English Premiership club Blackburn Rovers Led By Sam Allardyce were in dire need of a goalscorer Blackburn were struggling in the bottom half of the League table as a result of the very poor conversion rate of his forwards. With then-manager Sam Allardyce keen for his side to convert more of the chances, he chose the option of signing a new forward.
After communicating with the club's Head of Recruitment Martyn Glover, Martyn made the arrangements to sign a young forward who had netted 21 times in 34 games for Polish side Lech Poznan that season; and hoping the young striker can become another Alan Shearer for the club.
"We'd seen a lot of Robert Lewandowski and we knew we were dealing with a top-class striker," We had a deal in mind and went along with Sam (Allardyce) to see him playing for Lech Poznan. Stated Glover in an interview in 2010.
"Discussions with the club president went as planned, to we sat down with Robert after the game and had an outline proposal in place for him to join Rovers.
"After that, whatever could have gone wrong, went wrong. He was due to fly to the UK but all flights were canceled due to that volcanic ash cloud."
A further stumbling block to the signing of the Polish forward were the words of Blackburn's club chairman John Williams.
"The chairman (John Williams) was worried that Poland wasn't famous for producing prolific goal scorers and there were questions raised around the fee, which was around £3m, rising to £4m," explained Glover.
"Worse still, the player had a pal who played at Borussia Dortmund who got in his ear and before we could do anything, he'd signed for Dortmund for around the same fee."
Expressing his regrets, Glover said, "He (Lewandowski) is certainly close to the top of any list of the ones that got away!"
THE NEW BUNDESLIGA ADVENTURE
After signing for German giant Borussia Dortmund, Lewandowski in his 4 years at the club found the back of the net 106 times, thereby catching the eyes of current Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich.
Signing for the Bavarians on a free transfer, Lewandowski has been nothing short of brilliant and clutch moments like the 5 goals in 9 minutes, as well as his record-breaking 43 goals in a year definitely speaks of how much of prolific forward the Polish captain is.
With age still on his side and Lewandowski still firing on all cylinders, Lewandowski hopes to break his Bundesliga record of 41 goals, and hopefully the Balon d'or
Do you see Lewandowski clinching the highly coveted Balon d'or prize soon?