There was a time when Celtic legitimately could’ve had Robert Lewandowski.
Before his £4m move to Borussia Dortmund (Focus.de), both Neil Lennon’s Celtic and Blackburn Rovers were in for the Polish star. Last night, he won FIFA’s Men’s Player of the Year (BBC) after a season in which he scored 55 goals in 47 games for Bayern München.
Ah, what could’ve been.
Lennon, for his credit, took a look at the striker when he was at Lech Poznan, but Dortmund swooped to sign him for a tiny fee (Daily Record).
Still a raw talent at the time, he scored 18 in 28 league games for Poznan in 09-10 (Transfermarkt). Back then, he could’ve joined a Celtic attack including Chris Killen, Morten Rasmussen and Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Transfermarkt). With that kind of talent around him, it’s impossible to say whether he would’ve got a game.
Lewa’s done alright despite Celtic snub, you could argue
Sure, he’s scored 251 Bundesliga goals, and has beaten Messi and Ronaldo to individual honours. Yes, he’s been a mainstay in the Poland team for a decade. He’s a Champion’s League winner, an 8 time Bundesliga champion and one of the best strikers in a generation.
Still, it could’ve been oh so different for Bobby Lewandowski. He could’ve played in the same team as Willo Flood. Lewandowksi, if he’d made the right decision, could have shared a dressing room with Zheng Zhi and Paul Slane.
It’s literally impossible to say whether he made the right move. Paul Lambert chose Celtic over staying at Borussia Dortmund (Daily Record), so there’s historical precedent there.
In a year where the Ballon D’Or was scrapped (BBC), Lewa can feel aggrieved. It could’ve all been so different for him, though. Under the Paradise lights, who knows how many of those awards he could’ve won? Again – it’s impossible to say. Jürgen Klopp might’ve turned him into a star, but Lennon could’ve made him a supernova.
Hindsight is, of course, 2020. However, in the years to come, Lewandowski will polish his FIFA award and wonder how different things could have been.
Meanwhile on Planet Earth, Lennon has a big call to make ahead of Sunday’s Cup Final.