The hero of the Polish national team will have a huge weight of expectation on his shoulders this summer after his stunning season of success in the German Bundesliga.
After scoring goals aplenty for Lech Poznan, Borussia Dortmund came calling for his services in 2010 and his success in a side that has defied the odds to dominate Germany’s top flight has made Lewandowski one of the leading lights of European football. Talk of a move to a big name clubs persist, but he insists his focus for now is on the biggest sporting event his country has ever staged.
“There is so much for Poland to look forward to this summer and I feel we have a team coming together that can do us some justice,” says Lewandowski. “We have had to start from a very low base in many ways, rebuild a new team, but the coach and the group have come together and it feels like we are moving in the right direction now.”
The respect for Lewandowski has come from highly acclaimed quarters this season, with France winger Franck Ribery among his chief cheerleaders. “This guy is a great striker,” says the Bayern Munich superstar. “Whenever I look at Dortmund, Lewandowski always catches my eye.”