FC Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski during his presentation at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain, August 5, 2022. — Reuters pic
Friday, 05 Aug 2022 10:16 PM MYT
BARCELONA, Aug 5 — Polish striker Robert Lewandowski said he was aware of the “huge challenge” which awaits him at Barcelona as he was presented at the Camp Nou today a week before La Liga kicks off.
The 33-year-old, who signed last month from Bayern Munich for around €50 million (RM227 million), was unveiled as a Barcelona player alongside club president Joan Laporta.
“I am very proud to be here…it is a huge challenge, not just as a striker but also to push other players to give the best of themselves,” he told a press conference.
“I know that recent times have not been easy for the club…but I know that I can be much better in the future with this team…we have enormous potential,” he added.
Lewandowski joins Barcelona in the midst of a financial crisis yet although the club have racked up debts of almost €1 billion.
He was presented on the pitch wearing the 9 on his back which belonged to Dutchman Memphis Depay last season.
“It’s a historic day…this operation was not easy,” said Laporta.
Lewandowski joined Bayern in 2014, scoring 344 goals in 375 competitive matches and broke the Bundesliga’s single-season scoring record.
But he left the German champions under a cloud after a dispute over a new contract as well as clashing with coach Julian Nagelsmann over tactical choices. — AFP