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Robert Lewandowski (32) was named European Footballer of the Year for the first time on Thursday. The Pole looked visibly relaxed after the award.
Hansi Flick, himself voted Europe's coach of the year, wanted to make one thing clear right after the UEFA awards on Thursday evening. He sees "currently no player who deserves to be elected world footballer more". What was meant, of course, was Lewandowski, who was significantly involved in the Bayern triple with his goals and, unsurprisingly, was able to put on Europe's crown in front of Kevin De Bruyne and teammate Manuel Neuer. For Bayern President Herbert Hainer, "Lewy" is one of the "most important players in the club's history".
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After years as a hunter, Bayern will enter the race as the hunted in the new Champions League season, in which Atletico Madrid and RB Salzburg are waiting in the group stage. "We know that we are now at the top. Everyone wants to beat us next season," said Lewandowski: "We have to be ready for that. It will be a bigger challenge than last year."
doesn't worry the Bayern striker, after all, it is "the secret" of the current team to stay "hungry" - five titles in 2020 speak for this thesis. According to Lewandowski, the young Munich team still has "huge potential".
At the press conference, the 112-time Polish national player (61 goals) also looked back on the previous Champions League season. He described his four goals against Red Star Belgrade in the group stage and the clear victories against Tottenham, Barcelona and Chelsea as "very special moments". The "taste" of winning a final is unsurpassed.
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How CR7 to the European title? "Stay realistic"
Questions about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo quickly arose. CR7 was able to win the European Championship 2016 with Portugal, Messi is still thinking about not having won a title with the Argentine national team. So "Lewy" with Poland in 2021? "We have to stay realistic," said the Munich Torgarant: "We don't think about winning the European Championship. Whenever our fans are proud of us, it's a success for us."
Lewandowski was also asked whether he had not given up hope of this individual award at some point - especially with regard to the dominance of Messi and Ronaldo in this area. The Bayern striker knew how difficult it would be, but never buried his dream. "I am extremely proud that I made it in the Ronaldo-Messi era." A hint for the world footballer's choice? "If you're at the top, you want to stay up there."
Lewandowski reaches milestone .
Robert Lewandowski ends his "mini-crisis" against Hertha. The goal for Bayern's striker is a special one. © Provided by sport1.de Lewandowski reaches milestone Next milestone for Robert Lewandowski! According to the official Bundesliga website, the Pole scored his 100th Bundesliga goal for FC Bayern against Hertha BSC in the Allianz Arena at home. The striker only needed 98 games. As a BVB professional, he never scored in the Munich stadium.