‘The new generation is coming too, but I’m still here’: Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski insists he’s ready to take on the challenge of Erling Haaland and other young players as he strives to win the Golden Boot award most deadly striker to keep
- Robert Lewandowski won the Gerd Muller Trophy at the Ballon d’Or awards
- It is an award given to last season’s top scorer and the Pole scored 57 goals
- Upon receiving his award, Lewandowski was questioned on Erling Haaland’s form
- The Barcelona striker seemed unimpressed by Haaland and other young strikers
Robert Lewandowksi has insisted he is ‘still here’ and unimpressed by the new generation of strikers, including Manchester City’s Erling Haaland.
Lewandowski was collecting his Gerd Muller trophy at the Ballon d’Or ceremonies when he was warned by Didier Drogba about a ‘child’ at Manchester City who is ‘on fire’ – a reference to Haaland.
In response, Lewandowski backed up his strengths and scoring ability – assuring fans that he will continue to find the back of the net and strive to defend his title of top goalscorer next season.
Robert Lewandowski won the newly created Gerd Muller Trophy at the Ballon d’Or awards
On receiving his award, the 34-year-old said: “The season is very long and I know it is a new chapter for me at Barcelona as well. Since the first days I feel very good at this club.’
The Barcelona striker continued: “From the first minutes I can see that we have great potential with my team-mates and that I have the opportunity to score a lot of goals. I’m sure we’re all working on this together.’
Lewandowski then went on to discuss the threat of the next generation of strikers coming for his title.
“This is football and we have to be ready at all times. I know the new generation is coming, but I’m here anyway.’
Lewandowski has started the new season for Barcelona in good form with nine goals in nine league games – proof to the football world that he is still here.
Erling Haaland is one of the next generation of strikers hoping to win this award
The Polish captain also spoke about how important it is for him to win an award named after Gerd Muller.
“I am very happy and happy and proud not only to win but also because of the name of this trophy. Gerd was a huge source of inspiration,” said the former Bayern Munich striker.
“Before the season I wanted to be closer to him and I’ve always wanted to break some of his records. It was always a huge challenge.
“It was very emotional to score 41 goals in the Bundesliga because I didn’t think it was possible to break this record. Everything I did was for him.’
Last season, Lewandowski broke Gerd Muller’s record with goals in the Bundesliga in a season with 41