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Robert Lewandowski Made It Onto The Forbes Rich List This Year As The Sixth-Highest Paid Footballer In 2021

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The Polish international has produced outrageous numbers ever since he moved from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern Munich in 2014, 128 goals in his last 107 games in all competitions since the 2019-20 season has not gone unnoticed.

Robert Lewandowski has aged like a fine wine since entering his thirties and has produced the best goalscoring form of his career over the past three seasons for Bayern Munich – becoming arguably the most prolific striker in world football.

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The result of these performances have seen him win the Ballon d’Or Striker of the Year, the European Golden Shoe and break Gerd Müller’s record for scoring in 15 consecutive games in all competitions (16).

He was nominated for the 2020 Ballon d’Or and was robbed of that prize when it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he recently hit the headlines again when he missed out to Lionel Messi for the 2021 edition at the end of November.

Yet one thing that Lewandowksi has been successful with is his career earnings and since moving to Bayern, he has built up an outstanding net worth of $85 million (£63.7m) and was named in Forbes magazine’s highest paid footballers in 2021 with earnings of $35m (£26.2m).

After 38 goals in 66 appearances for Znicz Pruszków (2006-08) and 41 goals in 82 appearances for Lech Poznan (2008-10) in the top three divisions of Polish football, Lewandowski hopped the border into Germany and found himself at Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

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Dortmund paid around €4.5 million for their man, while Lewandowski penned a four-year contract in the meantime and from here on out is where his fortunes began to change.

By the time he left, it was reported that the striker was on a weekly wage of £79,000-a-week and therefore earning a salary of over £4.1m.

He became part of one of the best ever Dortmund sides and during his time at the Westfalenstadion and won two Bundesliga’s, one DFB-Pokal and one DFL-Supercup, along with a UEFA Champions League runner-up medal and numerous personal accolades.

Bayern Munich then came calling and since joining for the 2014-15 season, the Pole has won seven consecutive Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokal’s, five DFL Supercup’s, one UEFA Champions League, one UEFA Super Cup and one FIFA Club World Cup.

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During his time in Germany, he has won 84 individual awards that include the Ballon d’Or striker of the year (2021), the European Golden Shoe (2020-21), the Best Fifa Men’s Player (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 Bundesliga top goalscorer awards.

Lewandowski’s initial five-year contract was worth £129k a week in 2014, which would rise up to £275k a week by 2019 – with annual earnings of £14.3m.

A contract extension then came into effect in August 2019, where Bayern managed to tie him down to the club until the summer of 2023, with Lewandowski’s weekly wage now standing at £350k per week with an annual income of £18.2m.

This makes the striker one of the best paid footballers not just at the club, but in the world as well, and these numbers don’t take any bonuses into account either.

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On top of this, Lewandowski has also benefited from endorsements and sponsorships and in 2013, he signed a landmark deal with Nike, while he also signed with EA Sports in 2015 to feature on their popular FIFA video game series alongside Lionel Messi.

To add to this, the 33-year-old has also signed terms with Huawei, Head & Shoulders, Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola – before switching to Oshee – and 4F.

He has also launched his RL9 brand of clothing which seems to be his main business investment, while he sells his signature RL9 coffee and nutritional snacks and drinks under the company named Foods by Ann, which he owns with his wife.

Not much is known about how much he makes from each of his endorsements but either way, Lewandowski won’t be short of money once he retires from professional football.

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Rangnick irked with big double gripe as Man Utd chiefs push against deal for top transfer target

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Manchester United are reportedly restricting the influence Ralf Rangnick can have on the squad through fear of the interim manager changing the team too much.

United installed the German in the dugout in November on a deal until the end of the season. From there, he will spend two years in a consultancy role working with Old Trafford chiefs.

For now, though, his top priority is to guide the Red Devils to a top-four Premier League finish.

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There has been much criticism of the performances under Rangnick. Nevertheless, United’s win over Brentford on Wednesday put them two points behind the Champions League places.

With the January transfer window in progress, Rangnick has also looked to improve the squad in his vision. He has targeted players who can play his pressing style of football, such as Amadou Hiadara.

In fact, German newspaper Bild claims that the RB Leipzig midfielder is Rangnick’s top target.

However, the source adds that United are hesitant to back their interim boss in the transfer market.

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Club chiefs feel ‘reluctant’ to allow Rangnick to convert the squad to his liking. Indeed, he will only have half a season to work with any players he signs this month.

Whoever subsequently comes in as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s permanent successor from there may not use a pressing style like Rangnick.

As such, United are ‘slowing down’ Rangnick’s transfer hopes. A second issue is that United have told Rangnick that the club must get rid of some of their current squad before they can bring in new players.


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The likes of Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial have all had links with moves away.

However, Rangnick has previously insisted that he wants to keep his options as the club fight on three fronts.

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Bild also claims that the German tactician wanted more from the club’s leadership over his coaching staff.

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Chris Armas came in as assistant coach and Sascha Lense has come in as a psychologist. However, Rangnick reportedly wanted more coaches in the dugout with him.

He also feels unsure as to how the change of leadership will affect his sway in proceedings.

Richard Arnold is replacing Ed Woodward as the club’s chief executive from next month.

While Rangnick is in interim charge, the Old Trafford club are continuing talks with potential successors. Indeed, Paris Saint-Germain’s Mauricio Pochettino is supposedly the leading candidate as it stands.

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Star’s Premier League return under threat as final suitors Crystal Palace back out of deal

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Aaron Ramsey could remain in Italy for the remainder of the season after final suitors Crystal Palace reportedly pulled out of the race to sign him.

Ramsey, 31, appeared set for a Premier League return when Juventus boss Max Allegri made the following admission: “Ramsey returned today after his leave to work in England, but he is an outgoing player.” But a transfer to England is now in jeopardy.

The central midfielder immediately became linked with Aston Villa, although they are pursuing other targets.

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Patrick Vieira put Crystal Palace in the mix to capture his services when he called Ramsey a ‘terrific player’.

Newcastle, Wolves and Burnley had also been keeping tabs on Ramsey’s situation. But he has left Juventus ‘irritated’ by refusing to join any of those three clubs.

The Eagles were the last team standing. But according to the Daily Mail, a transfer to Selhurst Park is off the table.

Ramsey’s signing is proving difficult to complete, leading Palace to search for alternative players in midfield.

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Aaron Ramsey wage causing problems

They are also wary of his huge wage demands – the Wales international currently earns an eye-watering £400,000 per week in Turin.

This is way out of Palace’s budget, and it would take lengthy negotiations to finalise an agreement.

The former Arsenal star is now facing an uncertain future. He is not part of Allegri’s plans, and has also struggled with muscle problems this campaign.

Ramsey’s contract expires next year, but he will likely push for a cut-price sale before then to get his career back on track.

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Vieira provides update on injuries and transfers

Meanwhile, Vieira has been speaking to the media ahead of Palace’s match against Liverpool on Sunday.

When asked for availabilities, the former midfielder said: “We still have James McArthur and James Tomkins who won’t take part tomorrow. Everyone else is good.

“Jordan Ayew took part in some training this morning so he will be available on Sunday.”

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When asked if striker Christian Benteke will be staying amid interest from Burnley, Vieira replied: “Yes. He will be at this football club. Christian loves this club and he’s part of what we’re trying to do.”

The manager also gave a transfer update. “We will try to improve the squad and this is a difficult period to find the right players,” he said. “We are working and trying to improve and if we can bring a couple of payers it’ll be good for the squad. If not, we’ll improve players individually to be better collectively.”

Palace drew 1-1 with Brighton in their last outing. Conor Gallagher capped a great team move by finishing past Robert Sanchez in the 69th minute, but the Seagulls got a late equaliser.

On his team’s goal, Vieira added: “They reflect the way we want to play. We know it’s difficult to do it often or for 95 minutes. But at least we have an identity about how we want to play.

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“The other side of the game is defending well and we need to improve that to win more games.”

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