Lewandowski: ‘Baggio was my idol’

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski admits his idols growing up played in Serie A, Roberto Baggio and Alessandro Del Piero.

He will host Lazio tonight within the Champions League Round of 16, having won the primary leg 4-1.

“I remember once I was six years old and there was just one idol for me: Roberto Baggio,” Lewandowski told SportBild when chatting with ex-Inter star Lothar Matthaus.

“After that, Alessandro Del Piero became my hero, i actually admired him. Having said that, i used to be too young then to actually understand his characteristics or sort of play.

“As time went on, I used to be struck by the Arsenal legend, Thierry Henry. His movements, his runs into space, the goals and victories: those were the qualities I wanted to possess. I wanted to imitate him in everything.”

When it involves choosing the best of all time, Lewa again looks to those that have played in Italy.

“You cannot just pick one player, because players shape different eras. within the last 10-15 years, they were Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Ronaldinho. Before them, there was Ronaldo.

“There are always extraordinary talents who exude that joy of playing football. Champions are those players who make even the foremost difficult things look simple.”

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