Munich (dpa) – Robert Lewandowski can tune in to the highly anticipated world football freestyle against his favorite opponent.
The night before, the secret is revealed whether the FC Bayern star striker can triumph against Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in Munich’s triumph year, the Bundesliga top match against VfL Wolfsburg, where Lewandowski is very popular, is on Wednesday (8.30pm / Sky) .
“Of course it would be nice if he could add one or two goals,” said coach Hansi Flick and “like everyone else at the club” keeps his fingers crossed for Lewandowski for the coveted prize. “The choice of the world football player is his big goal, his big dream. I don’t think anyone deserves it as much as Robert this season.” Flick himself can hope to be honored as coach of the year at the ceremony on Thursday at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.
“For me that is secondary, Wolfsburg is the focus”, Flick emphasizes. Due to the failure of the ailing Leon Goretzka and the unplanned return of Joshua Kimmich, who was missing for more than a month, the 55-year-old has to improvise in midfield. Both may be in the selection against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, who, like Wolfsburg, is still unbeaten. Flick said on Tuesday that two wins and therefore “big points” should be scored.
Lewandowski, who wants to further improve his super record for the second at the table against the fourth at the table around their top striker Wout Weghorst, should help decisively. In 19 Bundesliga matches against Wolfsburg, the Pole has scored 21 goals – no other club has scored that often. The crazy goal record he set in September 2015 with five matches within 8:59 minutes is unforgettable.
More goals against an opponent of the Bundesliga – of course – only Gerd Müller scored. “Lewy” is the only one who currently hits “with a naturalness”, as she once distinguished Müller, Flick emphasized around the “bomber’s 75th birthday”.
Europe’s and German Footballer of the Year is Lewandowski as top scorer in the Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB Cup – will the highest individual world football initiations now follow? “We had a fantastic year at FC Bayern,” said the 32-year-old with pleasure. The exceptional striker scored 41 goals this year and prepared twelve more goals. Personal awards are “rewards for all the work we have invested”.
Measured purely by sporting merit, Ronaldo and Messi should have no chance in this year’s elections against Lewandowski. Ronaldo was eliminated with Juventus Turin in the Champions League round of 16. Messi faced Barcelona with a humiliating 8-2 in the quarter-finals against Bayern, who then stormed to the title. In addition, the Munich Championship, the victory in the DFB Cup and two Super Cup successes were celebrated. “Robert would have earned it this year,” said CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
But world football freestyle is associated with a number of uncertainties. The votes of national coaches, national team captains, selected journalists and fans, who could vote until December 9, will each be included in the result for a quarter. Ronaldo and Messi are much bigger global brands than Lewandowski. At least that plays a role for the fans. And nobody in Munich knows exactly how intensely the coaches and captains from Tonga or the Cayman Islands observe European football.
“Robert Lewandowski represents goals and spectacles – what ultimately inspires fans of this sport,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said for the Bayern man. Recently, however, the spectacle had dropped somewhat with “Mr. Superfit” Lewandowski. The efforts of the exhausting year can be seen even on the model professional. Flick therefore used the indispensable in doses, in October Lewandowski – completely new to him – asked for a replacement himself.
Lewandowski is obsessed with details so that his glamorous career continues for a long time. “I don’t feel 32. I feel better than when I was 26,” said the Pole, who has to go to Bavaria until 2023, in “Kicker” in August. “The current contract is not my last. I want to play longer.” The choice for world football would certainly not diminish the greed for more goals and titles.