Robert Lewandowski is usually considered an absolute model professional. But in Poland he is now facing a wave of criticism. In the service of the Polish national team, he did not behave in an exemplary or professional manner.
No scandals, hardly any injuries and a down-to-earth, familiar demeanor: Robert Lewandowski is a model professional both on and off the field. Fit, successful and without any great flair – no wonder that there is so little to complain about.
But things are different in Poland at the moment. There the unusual picture emerges of a rather violent wave of criticism against the FC Bayern striker. The reason: Lewandowski did not behave professionally in the service of the Polish national team and rather used the international break for personal interests.
The first upsets came when the 33-year-old missed the last World Cup qualifier. Instead of being in the starting XI, he sat on the bench – and of his own accord. “I’ve signaled that I might not be in optimal shape for both games because I play so many games and I know my body,” he said in an apology (via Sport1).
Coach Paulo Sousa agreed and left the record attacker on the bench. The game against Hungary was then lost 2-1. Poland was already qualified, but the defeat slipped Poland into the weaker pot for the playoffs – there are much stronger opponents than they should have been. The displeasure, which was initially directed at the Poland coach, then focused on Lewandowski for the first time.
But that’s not all: He is said to have not carried out the preparation for the game in question properly either. Instead of exercising or having his body treated by physios, he preferred to go to a billionaire’s party during this time. That brought pictures of his wife to light, who had put them on the net.
Even private filming for one Amazon– He is said to have put the documentation into this phase. So he not only missed the game at his insistence, but did not even approach it professionally in advance. Not a good sign to the association and its teammates from the national team. There these actions are said to have caused a lot of frustration.
Especially since the Sports show In reference to the Polish media, the French magazine also speaks of the fact that he was only on the bench against Hungary France Football Could take photos. Otherwise he would not have been a potential substitute at all.
Circumstances that caused quite a stir. The otherwise exemplary Lewandowski is accordingly faced with a lot of criticism. The Polish football icon Zbigniew Boniek also made clear statements (via Sport1): “If I were still president and national coach Sousa had told me what the situation was like, I would have invited him and Robert to an interview and said that it was not acceptable.”