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Former Bayern Munich CEO Reveals How He Swayed Robert Lewandowski Away From Real Madrid Transfer

Published 09/17/2021, 3:10 PM EDT

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Robert Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world, maybe even of all time. The Polish forward has carried a talented Bayern team above and beyond in recent years, and as a result, it’s only obvious that the biggest clubs in the world would want him on their side.

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Spanish serial winners Real Madrid are one such club who gave Lewandowski a real thought. While their current striker, Karim Benzema, is doing wonders, Lewandowski was a transfer target for years. Former Bayern Munich player and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed how he convinced Lewa to stay at Bayern in an interview with German newspaper Bild.

Lewandowski is a goal-scoring machine. He came to flirt with Real Madrid in his day. But we always told him: you can also win the Champions League with Bayern Munich,” he said. The former CEO’s words rang true as Bayern did end up winning the Champions League in the 2019-20 season.


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Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has some high praise for Haaland and Lewandowski

Rummenigge was an amazing player himself and played up front for Bayern Munich. The legend knows what it takes to be a great centre-forward for Bayern Munich, and gave Lewandowski the biggest compliment he could give.

Lewandowski is the best centre-forward in the world, Haaland the second. I think Bayern must be interested in Robert staying beyond the end of his contract in 2023. Signing Haaland is a huge investment,” Rummenigge said.


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While Lewa is arguably the best striker in the world, putting 21-year-old Erling Haaland in that same bracket might seem like a stretch. However, the Norwegian has proved himself on multiple occasions and continues to do so.

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Erling Braut Haaland has played four Bundesliga games this season and already has 5 goals and 4 assists. The phenom has shown that he can be the best forward in the world and has the numbers to back it.


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On the other hand, Robert Lewandowski has 6 goals in just four Bundesliga games this season, and he’ll rival Haaland for the golden boot.


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Last season, Lewa scored 41 times in 29 games along with seven assists. Those numbers are insane, but Haaland is not behind by a lot. His 27 goals and 8 assists in 28 games was vital for Borussia Dortmund last season. It’ll be interesting to see who comes out on top between the two this season.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a football writer at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for football to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Cristiano Ronaldo and Marcus Rashford as his favorite players, but he is a great admirer of Karim Benzema too.