The fittest striker in the world entered the rich Forbes list this year as the sixth highest-paid footballer in 2021
Robert Lewandowski has aged like a fine wine since his thirties and produced the best scoring form of his career over the past three seasons for Bayern Munich – becoming arguably the most prolific striker in world football.
The Poland international has produced outrageous numbers since moving from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2014, 128 goals in his last 107 games in all competitions since the 2019-20 season have not gone unnoticed.
The result of these performances allowed him to win the Ballon d’Or Forward of the Year, the European Golden Boot and to break Gerd MÃ¼ller’s record for having scored in 15 consecutive matches in all competitions (16).
He was nominated for the 2020 Ballon d’Or and was robbed of that award when it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he recently made headlines when he missed Lionel Messi for the 2021 edition at the end of November.
Yet one thing Lewandowksi has been successful with is his career earnings and since joining Bayern he has amassed an outstanding net worth of $ 85million (Â£ 63.7million) and has been named to the highest paid footballers in Forbes magazine in 2021 with earnings of $ 35. m (Â£ 26.2million).
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After 38 goals in 66 appearances for Znicz PruszkÃ³w (2006-08) and 41 goals in 82 appearances for Lech Poznan (2008-10) in the top three divisions of Polish football, Lewandowski crossed the German border and ended up in Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund paid around â¬ 4.5million for their man, while Lewandowski signed a four-year contract in the meantime and it was from there that his fortunes started to change.
At the time of his departure it was reported that the striker was earning a weekly wage of Â£ 79,000 per week and therefore earning a salary of over Â£ 4.1million.
He was part of one of the best teams in Dortmund and during his time at the Westfalenstadion and won two Bundesligas, a DFB-Pokal and a DFL-Supercup, as well as a UEFA Champions League finalist medal and many personal distinctions.
Bayern Munich then called and since arriving for the 2014-15 season the Pole has won seven consecutive Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokal, five DFL Supercup, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup.
During his stay in Germany, he won 84 individual awards, including Ballon d’Or striker of the year (2021), European Golden Shoe (2020-21), best male player of the Fifa (2020), UEFA Men’s Player of the Year (2019-20), UEFA Champions League top scorer (2019-20), Bundesliga Player of the Season (2016-17, 2019-20 ), Bayern Munich player of the season (2019-20) and six top scorers in the Bundesliga awards.
Lewandowski’s initial five-year contract was worth Â£ 129,000 per week in 2014, which would increase to Â£ 275,000 per week by 2019 – with annual earnings of Â£ 14.3m.
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A contract extension then went into effect in August 2019, where Bayern managed to tie him to the club until the summer of 2023, with Lewandowski’s weekly salary now standing at Â£ 350,000 per week with annual income. of 18.2 million pounds.
This makes the forward one of the highest paid footballers not only in the club but also in the world, and those numbers don’t take bonuses into account either.
On top of that, Lewandowski has also enjoyed backing and sponsorship and in 2013 he signed a landmark deal with Nike, while he also signed with EA Sports in 2015 to feature in their popular FIFA video game series at the alongside Lionel Messi.
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To add to that, the 33-year-old also signed contracts with Huawei, Head & Shoulders, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola – before moving to Oshee – and 4F.
He has also launched his clothing brand RL9 which appears to be his main business investment, while he sells his signature RL9 coffee and snacks and nutritional drinks under the Foods by Ann company, which he owns with his wife.
Not much is known about what he earns from each of his mentions, but Lewandowski isn’t going to run out of money once he retires from professional football anyway.