"I wish everyone could experience the feeling of scoring once in their life" - Robert Lewandowski
When it comes to scoring goals, few Bundesliga players have perfected the art quite like Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and, with no Bundesliga backline or record safe, more milestones are set to fall in 2019/20.
Avid anticipation broken by an explosion of euphoria and emotion; it’s the moments Lewandowski is very familiar with; it’s the moments he lives for.
"That moment when you score a goal and 80,000 fans cheer your name is a really special feeling - you get goosebumps and just want to fly," the Bundesliga’s most prolific foreigner told Bayern Munich’s YouTube channel.
"But I also know that you need to come back to reality after just a few seconds – you can’t let the euphoria show. It’s hard to explain what you experience in that moment. I wish everyone could enjoy that feeling at least once in their life."
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Accompanying most goals is the striker’s now patented celebration - crossed arms, index fingers pointed to the sky and his tongue poked out.
"The celebration has something to do with my daughter," the Poland captain explained. "I don’t want to go into details, it’s a little secret! I want to show that my family are always behind me, as that has helped me a lot in my career as a footballer."
At Borussia Dortmund, Lewandowski was rampant, at Bayern Munich he’s been deadly. As a result, the Pole’s status as one of the all-time greatest goal scorers to ever grace Germany’s top flight is unquestioned. But the 31-year-old admits that life in the Bundesliga took a bit of getting used to.
"I have to be honest, the first six months were really difficult for me," Lewandowski conceded. "I couldn’t speak a word of German. It wasn’t easy to learn a new culture and language. I knew that I needed to power through and then I could focus on football."
Now in his sixth season at Bayern and with 208 Bundesliga goals to his name, Lewandowski would need a further six seasons scoring at his current clip of 25 goals a campaign to break Gerd Müller’s all-time record (365).
A fan of "Polish rap and R&B", Lewandowski has already signed on for two more seasons after extending his contract until 2023 last month. Given how his physical well-being appears to be as fine-tuned as his goalscoring instincts, playing to the age of 38 isn’t out of the question.
A previously insurmountable total is coming under increasing threat given how the 106-time Polish international’s propensity for scoring has only increased since moving to Bavaria in 2014.
"I remember my first few days at Bayern. It was a special feeling when I first put the [Bayern] shirt on. It was the first time I could really feel the weight of a huge club on the shirt I was wearing. I was really proud."
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That was despite spending four seasons with Dortmund which produced two league titles, one DFB Cup win and a UEFA Champions League final appearance at Wembley.
"I knew Bayern played for titles every season - the league title, the cup, the Champions League and that’s why I decided it was the team for me. I knew that I could develop here and that I wanted to come here and stay."
Lewandowski is just two goals shy of breaking the 200-goal mark for the German record titleholders and, with seven goals in four competitive fixtures in 2019/20, that milestone should fall soon after the international break.
And despite all that, the Pole has warned that the best is yet to come this season - a frightening prospect for Bundesliga backlines and records a like.
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