Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: Robert Lewandowski will be better than Cristiano Ronaldo at 35

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Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes that Robert Lewandowski will only get better with age by surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Lewandowski is 32 while the Juve talisman is 35. The Polish outscored his Juventus counterpart with 55 to 37 goals in all competitions in 2019/20 to help the Bavarians win historic treble: a Bundesliga, DFB Cup, and UEFA Champions League.

Lewandowski’s (l.) dedication to his craft is what really impresses Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (r.).

Lewandowski clocked 32 24 hours ago having played 47 games in the 2019-20 season and scored 55 goals. His goals haul see him become the first player ever to win a continental treble while also being the top scorer in each competition. Lewandowski also beat his previous personal which was 12 in the Champions League.

  • Lewandowski’s return of 15 Champions League goals is a single-campaign total bettered only by Ronaldo (16 in 2015/16, 17 in 2013/14).

Ronaldo, who had clocked 35 in February 2020 scored 37 goals for Juventus across all competition. The Portugal captain was 27 when he produced a career-best 60 single-season goals for Real Madrid in 2011/12.

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Rummenigge was a revered striker in his own right and he is third (217) behind Lewandowski (246) and Gerd Müller (515) in Bayern’s all-time scoring charts. The CEO believes Lewandowski will continue to outdo the five-time Ballon d’Or winner for years to come.

“Lewandowski is perhaps the best professional I have ever seen here at Bayern. He played the season of his life, and lives for Bayern Munich.

“At 35, Robert will be even better than Cristiano Ronaldo is at 35. He’s a wonderful role model for our younger lads,” the 64-year-old told Welt am Sonntag.

What took Robert Lewandowski to the pinnacle of his career like Ronaldo

Apart from being a goal poacher, it’s not just Lewandowski’s standing as the deadliest marksman in Europe that elevated him to the pinnacle of the game.

The striker throughout the decade has been fit for most games. The Polish man has never missed more than four league matches in a decade of 34-game seasons in the Bundesliga.

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Same can be said of Ronaldo that rarely misses games.

Through injury in 2019/20, Lewandowski didn’t miss three fixtures. Although he will be aiming to at least reach Müller’s long-standing 40-goal record or even break it, 34 Bundesliga goals in 31 appearances are something to be proud of. His goals have seen him win five Torjägerkanone, and third in a row.

Robert Lewandowski scored the third hat-trick of his UEFA Champions League career, and second time of hitting four in a game against Red Star Belgrade. – imago images

Speaking, further, the CEO revealed that the striker’s dedication is exciting. Lewandowski likes eating dessert for starters, which is prescribed by hi wife, Anna, who is a nutritionist.

“His diet, his lifestyle – it’s all geared towards success. The times when I’ve gone into the dressing room and seen his upper body – he’s like an Adonis. He’s as good as it gets,” he added.

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