the polish striker Robert Lewandowski (Warsaw, 1988) the great signing of Barcelona, lived his first big day this Friday at the Spotify Camp Nou, where more than 55,000 spectators, one of the most massive presentations in the history of the Barça entity.
According to the Catalan club, 59,026 tickets were withdrawn to attend the presentation. Attendance at the stadium was on a par with the great presentations in recent years. They came a few less than when Diego Armando Maradona wore that shirt Meyba in 1982, although then the presentation was joint by the entire team.
To see the first touches of Lewandowski with the nine, more viewers were cited than when it premiered Neymar Jr in 2013 (56,000) or when Zlatan Ibrahimovic wore the Barça shirt for the first time in 2009 (50,000),
They were more than when Ronaldinho brought together 20,000 people in 2003 or when the desired Thierry Henry, in the summer of 2007, brought together 35,000 culers at the Camp Nou.
Lewandowski jumped with the nine on his back until now held by Memphis Depay –“a strategic decision of the club”said the president Joan Laporta- and the Camp Nou went crazy.
Laporta almost acted as ‘speaker’ in the stadium. Microphone in hand thanked the player for his effort to come to Barça. “It wasn’t easy, believe me. This operation has been possible because the player wanted to come to Barça“said the manager, who especially thanked the player’s representative, Pini Zahavi, for his effort in the operation.
“Today is a historic day”said an exultant Laporta. The striker’s first words were in Catalan: “Estic molt content to be in Barcelona.”
“I am very proud to be a Barça footballer. It has been difficult, but in the end I am here. My happiness is great, I am sure that I will score many goals in this stadium and we will win many titles,” he said at the stadium.
Later in the press room he admitted that the affection of the spectators had been “incredible” and what had felt “excited” during the presentation.
“It is difficult to find the words. When I saw the project, I made the decision. I know that Barça is coming from a difficult moment, but everything will go much better. My teammates have a lot of potential and with this team we can do very good things“, he opined.
🗣 @lewy_official: “Coming to Barça was the perfect next step for my career and my personal life. We have worked hard to make this a reality and now I am here, very happy and proud” 😍 pic.twitter.com/WUXiH5PHlj
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) August 5, 2022
Lewandowski does not feel his age and considers that Barcelona was “the perfect next step” in his career. “I am very satisfied”he insisted.
The president of Barcelona commented that the incorporation of Lewandowski was special because of “his charisma and ambition”, he stressed that he is an “elegant and respectful” footballer.
“We have seen him today, people are enthusiastic. We are facing a new stage and he is one of the references”, insisted the Barça manager