Can anyone really do better than Ronaldo at 35? As unlikely as it may seem, Rummenigge believes Lewandowski can pull it off.
Cristiano Ronaldo may have turned 35 in February, but still continues to set the world alight with his resounding displays.
While most of his peers are retired or way past their best, the Juventus star outdoes players far younger than himself and remains a strong contender for football’s most prestigious awards, namely the Ballon d’Or.
He managed a stunning 37 goals and seven assists in 46 appearances across all competitions last season despite all the troubles at Juventus; including a lack of support from midfield and the squad’s problems with Maurizio Sarri.
But Karl-Heinz Rummenigge somehow believes Robert Lewandowski can outdo what Cristiano achieved once he turns 35.
“Lewandowski is perhaps the best professional I have ever seen here at Bayern,” the now-Bayern chairman told Welt am Sonntag.
“He played the season of his life, and lives for Bayern Munich.
“At 35, Robert will be even better than Cristiano Ronaldo is at 35. He’s a wonderful role model for our younger lads.”
Lewandowski, who turned 32 in August, enjoyed the best season of his career to date with a stunning 55 goals and 10 assists in 47 games to his name.
He helped Bayern win the Bundesliga, DFB Cup, and Champions League to complete their first treble since 2012/13.
But does the former Borussia Dortmund star have what it takes to better Ronaldo at 35? It’s a tremendous challenge, and a big part of it will come down to how he looks after himself.
Although Lewandowski is a renowned fitness fanatic, leading his former Dortmund teammates to nickname him ‘The Body’. Even Pep Guardiola was impressed during their time together at Bayern.
“His diet, his lifestyle – it’s all geared towards success,” said Rummenigge.
“The times when I’ve gone into the dressing room and seen his upper body – he’s like an Adonis. He’s as good as it gets.”