There is no question that Robert Lewandowski's tenure with Bayern Munich is coming to a close. After eight successful seasons with the club, a pending deal from FC Barcelona was already expected to entice the Polish striker to leave the Bundesliga. However, few expected the Bayern star to leave in such a public fashion, a situation that has developed rapidly. A nasty breakup now seems inevitable for the two parties.

Lewandowski took the first shots at the club, saying he doesn't see “any possibility” of returning to Bayern next season.

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Bayern Munich club director Oliver Kahn responded with haste, elevating the situation to an all-out feud between the two-time golden boot man and the German club:

“I can't tell you why Robert chose this way to communicate his situation. Public statements like that don't get you anywhere. Robert should know what he has at Bayern. Appreciation is not a one-way street.”

Since 2014, Lewandowski has made 253 appearances for the club, scoring 238 goals in that span. He is the second highest goalscorer in Bundesliga history and has been a major contributor to 1o league trophies and a 2019-2020 Champions' League title. Bayern's history of dominance simply cannot be written without Lewandowski.

A span of accomplishments with one club is usually something admired and celebrated, even when that player departs for another big-name club. However, it appears that Bayern will ensure Lewandowski receives no such honor after he went public with his desires to transfer. Time will tell how the Bayern faithful respond when the striker inevitably matches up against his former club.