Bayern Munich fans shout “Hala Madrid” as Lewandowski returns to say final goodbye after Barcelona switch

A section of Bayern Munich fans directed “Hala Madrid” chants to Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski as he returned to Bayern for a final goodbye. “Hala Madrid” is Real Madrid’s most famous war cry, antagonizing even the most level-headed Barcelona supporters.

Lewandowski joined Barca from Bayern Munich on July 19 for a fee of €45m. Having scored 344 goals in 375 games for the club over the past eight years in all competitions, Lewandowski could easily be called a Bayern Munich legend. However, the Poland international’s controversial departure has seemingly taken a toll on his standing at the club.

In the run-up to his transfer, Lewandowski publicly expressed his desire to leave the club, saying he “can’t imagine a good working relationship anymore” (via Athletic). His behavior in recent weeks as a Bayern player seemed to upset many fans. Some of those Bayern supporters were believed to be present in Munich on Tuesday (2 August) and shouted “Hala Madrid” as the 33-year-old was seen leaving after saying goodbye to his former team-mates.

Here’s how it evolved:

The Barcelona ace left Bayern Munich as one of the most successful players, winning, among other things, eight Bundesliga titles and a Champions League trophy between 2014 and 2022.

Lewandowski could convince Barcelona fans by scoring next Sunday

On Sunday, August 7th, Barcelona will face Pumas UNAM in the one-off Joan Gamper Trophy final. The game marks the former Borussia Dortmund player’s first appearance for the Blaugrana at the Camp Nou. A commendable performance in Barca’s usual pre-season friendly would help him win over his new fans.

The former Bayern ace has made three appearances for the Blaugrana so far (all pre-season friendlies). He’s shown a few glimpses of his brilliant self, but he’s yet to find the back of the net for his new employers.

Presentation schedule of 𝗟𝗲𝘄𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗼𝘄𝘀𝗸𝗶 ▶ 9:30 a.m. CEST, Spotify Camp Nou opens to the public▶ 11:00 a.m. CEST, start of the presentation▶ 12:00 p.m. CEST, press conference

Whatever the quality of the player, it takes time to settle down at a new club and the 33-year-old is no exception. Mexico’s Pumas UNAM are unlikely to make life difficult for the Catalans either in attack or in defence.

If Barca find their rhythm, their new sniper should have plenty of opportunities to hit the net. The striker needs to ensure chances aren’t lost in front of an expectant Camp Nou crowd.

Also read: The 32-year-old Barcelona star is ready to cut his salary to stay at the club – reports Bayern Munich fans shout “Hala Madrid” as Lewandowski returns to say final goodbye after Barcelona switch

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