It’s a good thing Robert Lewandowski is superb at football.
The Bayern Munich striker has spoken about his childhood in his new autobiography and it’s fair to say ‘troublesome’ perfectly describes his adolescent years.
Bild reported (with translation from 101GreatGoals) that Lewandowski admitted to stealing his parents cars to go out on joyrides before he had a drivers licence.
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He also wrote that he used to throw banana peels and yoghurt pots at the local police station.
Things got scary for Lewandowski when he was approached by an attacker wielding a knife.
It’s to his credit that the Poland international was able to overcome a turbulent childhood to become one of the best strikers in the world.
He also discussed the time when he tried to attack his school teacher after getting a bad grade.
His issues became a problem during the early stages of his football career, too. Lewandowski was once caught smoking during a training camp and was ordered to look after a fire extinguisher for half a year as a result.
He's turned it around
The forward could probably be excused for showing similar acts of petulance on the football field but he never makes headlines for the wrong reasons.
Just last year he cemented his status as one of the world’s finest hotshots by scoring four goals in nine minutes against Wolfsburg.
In total, he has 33 goals this season and looks set to add another Bundesliga title to the one he earned last season.
Pep Guardiola’s team have a five-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund with nine games to play.
But it’s the Champions League trophy that is top of Lewandowski’s radar. The 27-year-old was a runner-up in 2013 - when his Dortmund team lost to Bayern 2-1 in the final - and he hasn’t been back since.
Guardiola’s side are favourites to reach the final but must first overcome Juventus in the last-16. The two sides played out a 2-2 draw at Juventus Stadium last month which gives Bayern a slight advantage to progress.
Speculation is rife that this could be Lewandowski’s final season in Germany. Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea have all been linked with the star, whose contract expires in 2019.
Now is certainly the time to launch a bid for the striker. At 27, he is in his peak years and perhaps only Barcelona’s Luis Suarez is having a better season out of all the forwards in Europe.
But he would certainly command an extortionate fee. Consistent strikers are a rarity these days and Lewandowski has the whole package.
His price tag will rocket if he fires Bayern to Champions League success. He has scored seven goals in seven European games this campaign but the Bavarian faithful are looking for him to do at the San Siro in May.