In a move that was long-awaited, Barcelona and Bayern Munich officially agreed to terms over the transfer of Robert Lewandowski on Saturday.
The two powerhouse clubs reportedly reached an agreement on a €45 million transfer deal coupled with €5 million in add-ons for the veteran striker, who had a mere one more year left on his contract with the Bundesliga powerhouse. More so, the Polish international came to terms with Barca on a three-year deal that includes an option for another year.
Multiple factors played into Lewandowski’s decision to push for an exit from Bayern Munich in favor of a move to Barca. For one, as he revealed to the German-based outlet Bild, he simply aimed to play in another league.
“I wanted to play in a different league than the Bundesliga, this decision had been made for me for a long time,” Lewandowski said. “But I have to emphasize: It was the most difficult decision of my life. I wanted to live somewhere else again, to discover something new with my family.
“My daughter Klara will start school next year, we had to make a decision. And that decision was that it should be something new. If not now, it would probably never have been possible. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Lewandowski featured in a combined 12 total seasons in the Bundesliga, which included four with Borussia Dortmund. He made notable history during his run in Germany’s top flight, such as with the back-to-back European Golden Boot honors. He also capped off his tenure in the Bundesliga with 312 total goals scored, which ranks at second all-time behind longtime Bayern Munich striker Gerd Muller.
Much has been talked about whether it was the right call for Barca to hand out a three-year contract deal to Lewandowski, who is set to turn 34 next month. Nonetheless, the veteran goal-scorer sees that he still has much left in the tank at this point in his career.
“I know that I will be 34 soon,” Lewandowski said. “But I feel very strong physically and mentally. Barcelona saw it the same way. I don’t know yet what will happen after that, but even 2026 doesn’t have to be the end. I want to play at the top level for many more years.”
For now, plenty of attention is set on if Lewandowski will play in Barca’s upcoming friendly encounters against Inter Miami CF and Real Madrid.