Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski The 59,026 attendees were given a show of skill to remember at the Camp Nou speech on Friday. We’ve seen these go wrong over the years, but it’s impressive. Check it out below.
Last month, after months of speculation, one of the most talked-about transfers of the summer came to an end when Lewandowski left Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to join Barcelona.
The 33-year-old has signed a three-year deal with an option to extend for a further 12 months after the Catalan giants paid £42.5m to sign him.
He was introduced as a Barcelona player by president Laporta at the Camp Nou on Friday morning.
In the tradition of the Catalan club, Lewandowski showed the crowd what he was capable of with a brief trick challenge.
The striker clearly wants to make a good first impression. He has performed a number of moves, including Zlatan’s famous “Matrix” chest control, and was even given the nickname “Robert Levandinho” by Barcelona’s social media team.
“I was very emotional when I saw so many people coming to my speech,” Lewandowski told a news conference.
“I can’t express my joy in words. That’s an amazing thing. I want to show my skills on the pitch and bring joy to fans around the world.”
As mentioned, over the years we have seen good and bad in these skills challenges.
Back in 2017, after joining Borussia Dortmund for £97m and a potential £38m add-on fee, Dembele struggled to complete even a skill move, let alone some of the rebound. Remember this?
Dembele wasn’t the only player to collapse when the cameras clicked away. Martin Braithwaite, Sergino Durst and several Real Madrid players, including Marco Asensio, faced red faces after attempting the famous skill challenge.
What are your thoughts on Lewandowski’s technique in Friday’s official presentation? Will he be successful this season for Xavi’s team?
Let us know in the comments.