Robert Lewandowski is the latest star of the many world-class wm casino players who are ready to play in LaLiga (Spanish League) this season.
His arrival at FC Barcelona, which was confirmed at the end of last week, will certainly make the Spanish football competition even more exciting.
The sharp Polish striker is known around the world, and his goalscoring record and title collection make him one of the most iconic and greatest strikers of the 21st century.
Here are five things the public may not know about him, from his sports-loving family to how natural disasters changed the course of his career.
Coming from a sports family
Lewandowski may be one of the best footballers in the world, but he is not the only member of his family who has dedicated himself to the sport at a professional level.
Her father, Krzysztof Lewandowski, is a former judo champion, while her mother, Iwona Lewandowska, is a professional volleyball player in Poland.
Milena Lewandowski, her sister, followed in her mother’s footsteps and made her way into the Poland Under-21 volleyball team. Robert is married to Anna Stachurska, a Polish karate star who won bronze at the 2009 World Karate Championships.
Really take care of her body
At almost 34 years old, Lewandowski scored an incredible 50 goals in 46 games last season. Such a statistic is only possible thanks to a combination of talent and physical strength, something the Polish striker takes seriously.
Former Bayern Munich team-mate and former Athletic Club star Javi Martinez once said that in pre-season, he would often try to get Robert to try some of the signature sweets he brought from Spain. Lewandowski persistently refused, in line with his strict diet.
Robert has stated on many occasions that he tries to control all the factors that can determine his physical condition, even his sleeping position, in order to minimize the possibility of injury and maximize his performance on the pitch.
His rivalry with Benzema
Eight months separated the birth of two of the best strikers of our time. The careers of Karim Benzema and Robert Lewandowski have been intertwined for many years, but this season marks the first time they will face each other in the same domestic competition: LaLiga.
They have been present in world football for more than a decade, and now both share the same record as the third highest goalscorer in Champions League history.
Four of those goals came on one memorable night in Dortmund in the 2013 Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid, where Lewandowski’s four goals saw Dortmund through to the final.
A natural disaster changed the course of his career
Back in 2010, during his move to Borussia Dortmund, Lewandowski was originally scheduled to travel to England to visit Blackburn Rovers facilities ahead of his move to the team.
Robert was excited about the opportunity to play in England, but his flight coincided with the eruption of the Icelandic volcano, Mount Eyjafjallajokull, an event that disrupted all air traffic in Europe for several weeks and prevented him from flying to England.
“Did it change my life? Of course, maybe if I fly to England, I will move there,” said Lewandowski later. In the end, Lewandowski moved to Borussia Dortmund and made a lot of history.
Automotive is his hobby
Lewandowski’s interest in sports goes beyond football. He has been seen playing tennis, golf and attending Formula 1 races. Lewandowski has been spotted several times at iconic grand prix events such as Monaco, to indulge in one of his great passions.
“I followed Formula 1 since I was very young and I always remember Michael Schumacher. The achievements are truly extraordinary,” he said of one of his idols and his inspiration.