Robert Lewandowski insists that his famous goal celebration is a family secret that not even Bayern Munich fans can know of.
Lewandowski’s unique goal celebration at Bayern of crossing his arms over his chest and leaving his fingers pointed up has been a regular thing of late.
The reason behind it, however, has remained a closely guarded secret with even the biggest Bayern supporters in the dark. And it seems the long wait for answers will continue, with Lewandowski remaining refusing to budge.
The 31-year-old told Bayern’s YouTube: “The celebration has something to do with my daughter. I don’t want to go into details, it’s a little secret!
“I want to show that my family are always behind me, as that has helped me a lot in my career as a footballer.
“There’s so much euphoria [when you score] that you just don’t think. It just happens.
“Sometimes I think afterwards, ‘what did I do?’ You just do whatever your heart or head tells you to do, which is what happens to me on the pitch.
“That moment when you score a goal and 80,000 fans cheer your name is a really special feeling. You get goosebumps and just want to fly. But I also know that you need to come back to reality after just a few seconds – you can’t let the euphoria show.
“It’s hard to explain what you experience at that moment. I wish everyone could enjoy that feeling at least once in their life.”
Lewandowski first arrived in Germany as a relatively unheard 22-year-old from Lech Poznan in 2010.
Then-Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp signed him for just a reported €4.5m, and soon developed him into one of the Bundesliga’s most potent strikers.
After nearly a decade of German football with Dortmund and now Bayern, Lewandowski is the Bundesliga’s fifth-highest record scorer on 208 goals in just 293 appearances.
But the Pole, who has also collected seven titles and four top-scorer awards in the league, has also had his fair share of struggles in Germany.
“The first six months, I have to be honest, were really difficult for me,” added Lewandowski.
“I couldn’t speak a word of German. I could only say ‘thank you’ and ‘shit’! It wasn’t easy to learn a new culture and language. I knew that I needed to power through and then I could focus on football.”
Lewandowski recently signed a new contract that Bayern that will see him remain in Munich until 2023.
The Poland international is currently just two goals shy of reaching the 200-mark for the Bavarians.