His reception at Camp Nou in front of tens of thousands of FC Barcelona fans caused great emotions in world footballer Robert Lewandowski.
"It was incredible. I'm very, very happy. It's difficult to find the words to express what I'm experiencing," said the ex-Bayern star during a press conference after his official presentation.
With "Bon dia a tothom" (Good day to you all) he had previously greeted the euphoric fans in the stadium in Catalan. "It wasn't easy but now I'm here," the 33-year-old continued in English, concluding by saying: "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.
Barca have high hopes for Lewandowski
In the Catalans' blue and red jersey with the new number 9, the Pole happily played a round with boys and girls while the fans shouted "Lewandowski, Lewandowski". Club boss Joan Laporta shouted: "Long live Barça! Welcome Lewandowski!"
Barça have high hopes for the goalscorer after exactly one year ago, Lionel Messi left the club after 21 years and joined Paris Saint-Germain. Lewandowski was released by FC Bayern Munich 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.
"I know that Barça is not living its best moment. But the teammates have a lot of potential. Everything is going well in training. We have to show that we are good," said Lewandowski, who was used to success. At the same time he was combative: "Of course I'm sure that we can win the Champions League."
He made his Barça debut on the pitch in July in Las Vegas in a 1-0 friendly win over arch-rivals Real Madrid. Lewandowski didn't score, but coach Xavi praised him enthusiastically. "Robert is a world star. A world star who came to us with incredible humility," said Xavi.