We spoke to our Polish striker after him and his wife welcomed their baby
"I have experienced this over so many years and have grown a thicker skin, and it gets thicker and thicker. I have learned how to deal and live with it... Sometimes it hurts but you have to handle it," Lewandowski said.He is right, but only partially. The season before last he scored in the three knockout games he played in, but otherwise his form is relatively patchy in knockout matches. In his career, Lewandowski has scored 19 in 33 Champions League knockout games. Include the group stages and that tally jumps to 53 goals in 80 games.
There's no secret behind it. It's all a question of what I eat and when to make sure I always feel my best.
The more passes and crosses that you get, the greater the chances of you scoring.
When we sat together at the table in the evening the presents were already under the tree. Then we ate, taking our time. We children had to be patient. (chuckling) At some point our parents would say: Now! Then we all sat down on the sofa, and we kids started.
That trick, however, does not work all the time. The Pole, after all, is the Bundesliga’s highest earner and the league’s star name. Deep down, however, the money and the fame is not that important to him.A group of advisers
runs his businesses, but it is always Lewandowski who has the final say. There have been times when important documents have needed signing and a helicopter has landed at the national team training camp in Arlamow,
just so Lewandowski can close a deal.“I can afford anything,” he admits. “But I’m in a moment where I appreciate a different capital: love and happiness. I have a beautiful family. My daughter just turned one. She made
me even more stabilised. I can say I’m a fulfilled person in life but in terms of football I’m still hungry. I think it is very important to be happy in life and a lot of people have the opposite. A lot of money doesn’t
guarantee happiness and it can actually make you lonely, without support and motivation. There are intangible things that make you strong.”
It was always a time when everybody got together in a festive mood. My mother always prepared 12 dishes, a tradition in Poland. Soup, meat, fish, dessert... however, I didn't eat much when I was a boy.
You might be surprised to find this out, but sweets were a big problem for me when I was younger. It didn't matter what it was, I couldn't walk past it without buying it. Now I've cut sweets out. It actually took me several years to get to this point. Now I don't really like sweets anymore.
Such eating habits, as well as cutting out cow's milk as it made him feel "lethargic" ahead of training and drastically reducing his chocolate consumption – Lewandowski admits to previously being something of a chocaholic – have contributed to his astonishing injury record - or rather lack of it."Before I knew all about that I wasn't able to play to my best for 90 minutes three times a week," he told Bild. "Now I feel a lot better and am very well prepared."The results speak for themselves. Lewandowski has titles galore with Bayern, is the Bundesliga's all-time top non-German goalscorer, recently became only the fifth player in history to pass the 200-goal mark, and is on course to win his fourth Torjägerkanone as the season's leading marksman. If anyone has the recipe for success, it's Lewy.