A hat trick against Hamburg at the weekend makes Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich's highest scoring foreign player in club history with 142 goals, eclipsing the previous record holder Giovane Élber's count of 140. The BrazilIan, who spent six seasons at Bayern, gave an interview with AZ in which he sang the praises of the Polish ace and spoke about the rumours placing him at Real Madrid next season…
Happy when Lewandowski scores
Lewandowski has overtaken your goal scoring tally. Does that annoy you? “No, not at all. I am happy every time he scores. And once again, like every season he's showing he can do it in almost every game”.
Do you think he is the best striker in the world? “Definitely. He has incredible skills which he showed in every game he plays. You might say that it's easy to score in a team like Bayern, because the other teams are not as strong. But you still have to be there and do it. And he does - in the Champions League too. Right now he's the best striker in the world”.
Lewandowski, the complete centre-forward
What makes him stand out? “He's the complete package. He is as good as any player using his right or left foot and considering he's not a specialist in the air, he scores a lot of headers. He's got everything. It's difficult to pinpoint any weaknesses he might have or which parts of his game he can improve".
We're hearing more rumours about Real Madrid's interest in signing him and comments from Cristiano Ronaldo about such a possibility… “Cristiano Ronaldo isn't stupid. Every club would want a player like Robert in the side. If they see an opportunity to lure Lewandowski away from Bayern, they will do everything in their power to do so. But Bayern know all about the situation and Lewandowski is happy and settled with his family here in Munich. He knows that he's got everything he needs at Bayern. I hope he stays with us for a long time”.
Life goes on
If he did leave, would it be difficult to replace him? “Hmm, that would be very difficult. I hope that Salihamidzic and Uli Hoeneß have a good player lined up for the future. The club will live on whatever happens. It continued after Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Olli Kahn and me. It will also continue when Lewandowski is no longer here. But of course, they could go into a slump - and then you would need time to regenerate”.