Here’s why the Spanish giants Barcelona are looking to OFFLOAD Robert Lewandowski in 2024

With increasing financial troubles Barcelona might enforce a clause in Lewandowski's contract.


Here’s why the Spanish giants Barcelona are looking to OFFLOAD Robert Lewandowski in 2024

Robert Lewandowski has scored 8 goals in 17 appearances for FC Barcelona. (Image via Bavarian Football Works)

Robert Lewandowski is considered as one of the best strikers in the world, with the Polish striker scoring over 500 goals in his 17 years as a professional football player. Currently employed by FC Barcelona, Lewandowski has scored 41 goals in 63 appearances, something many players struggle to get. Despite his brilliant form, Barcelona have been looking to offload him. 

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According to Sport, the 35-year-old has a clause in his contract that will let Barcelona release the striker in 2025. According to the report, the Catalans club has the right to release him as long as he does not play 55% of matches till the 2024/25 season. That means the Pole striker needs to feature in at least 49:30 minutes per game to ensure he can play out his contract till 2026. 

Barcelona is facing serious financial issues, owing a hefty €1.35 Billion, and player salaries devouring 103% of their income. This led to Lionel Messi’s departure. Now, Robert Lewandowski might face a similar fate.

Despite decent stats, he hasn’t shone in La Liga, drawing criticism from fans. At 36 in the upcoming season, selling or releasing him makes financial sense. Currently, the club plans to sell, but if no takers emerge, Lewandowski might end up benched or sidelined.

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Does Robert Lewandowski’s form warrant his exclusion from Barcelona?  

Robert Lewandowski has scored 41 goals in 63 appearances, even winning the Pichichi Trophy in his first season. But towards the end of the season, he had a dip in form as he scored only 9 goals in the 2nd half of the League. Including that, he did not contribute much in the Champions League as he scored 5 goals in 6 matches, but both goals came in 2 matches. 

Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski has over two and a half years left on his contract (Image via Barca Blaugranes)

Nothing has changed since then, with the sticker having occasional poor performances. He has not scored in the Champions League since the first Game week, while he went on a 51-day goal drought in La Liga, but broke it when he scored against Alaves. 

As of now, Barcelona stands 3rd in the La Liga, 4 points behind Real Madrid and Girona. Manager Xavi Hernandez believes the poor form is due to the media’s negative reporting of the Catalan side and defended his side. Time will tell when the old Robert Lewandowski will return, or is age finally catching up to the veteran? He still has half the season to prove himself and ensure he can play out the remainder of his contract. 

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