Barcelona (dpa / lby) - The longtime Bayern star Robert Lewandowski was presented on Friday at his new dream club FC Barcelona. "Bon dia a tothom", (Good day to you all), the world footballer greeted tens of thousands of fans in Catalan on Friday at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona. "It wasn't easy, but now I'm here," continued the 33-year-old former Munich player in English, adding: "I'm very proud to be a Barça player now. Muchas gracias."
According to "La Vanguardia", around 57,000 tickets were issued, the stadium spokeswoman spoke of 60,000 fans. But many seats in the legendary arena, which has a capacity of a good 99,000 spectators, remained empty in the scorching heat.
In the blue and red jersey of the Catalans with the new shirt number 9, the Pole happily kicked a round with little boys and girls while the fans chanted "Lewandowski, Lewandowski". Club boss Joan Laporta shouted: "Long live Barça! Welcome Lewandowski!"
The Catalans have high hopes for the goalscorer after exactly a year ago Lionel Messi left the club after 21 years and joined Paris Saint-Germain.
Lewandowski was released by FC Bayern in mid-July after weeks of back and forth. Barcelona paid 45 million euros for the Polish international, whose contract in Munich had one year left. Lewandowski had already mastered his Barça debut on the lawn in July in the USA.