Barcelona’s star striker, Robert Lewandowski, asserts that he could play until nearly his 40th birthday if everything unfolds as planned.
Critics have questioned the Polish striker since the World Cup, and he has one more year on his contract with an option for a fourth.
Despite facing criticisms, Lewandowski remains Barcelona’s most productive player with eight goals and four assists. He has expressed dissatisfaction with the limited chances he has received. In a conversation with Club del Deportista, as reported by Marca, Lewandowski is optimistic about both his personal performance and Barcelona’s trajectory.
Lewandowski said:“I feel very good, I know that everything has gone well, not only inside the club but also outside since I see how the fans support me. I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time. Last year or two years ago, when I was not here yet, I saw that there were many issues surrounding the club, but now I think we are going on the right path and the footballers can focus on the institution.”
Lewandowski scored eight goals and four assists in the current season
This season, Lewandowski is currently falling short of his expected goals (10.3) by 2.3. With the arrival of the precocious 18-year-old Vitor Roque in January, he will face competition for his place in the team for the first time.
Lewandowski added: “I don’t think about what I’ve already won or what I’ve already done. I still have that feeling and that passion inside me. I think I can still play football for three or four years, because physically I feel very good.”
Should Lewandowski persist in playing below his optimal level and Roque experiences a swift ascent, Xavi Hernandez will find himself in a challenging situation to navigate. Lewandowski’s contract and prominent status make benching or moving him a formidable task, given his leadership role since joining the team. However, Barcelona cannot afford to squander opportunities and must make strategic decisions.