FC Barcelona Star Robert Lewandowski Slams ‘Unattractive’ La Liga That Referees Are ‘Killing’ – Forbes

FC Barcelona has slammed La Liga and its referees, who he accused of ‘killing’ the championship.
FC Barcelona striker Robert Lewandowski has laid into La Liga and its officiating during a live stream interview with Polish outlet Meczyki.
Lewandowski’s Barca manager Xavi Hernandez has recently served a two-match ban for lashing out at the officials during a 0-0 draw with Getafe.
At full time following the Blaugrana’s season opener, midfielder Frenkie de Jong also had something to say about timewasting in the tie that ran until 116 minutes.
Giving his own opinion on related matters, Lewandowski boldly stated: “La Liga is not attractive and attacking enough. Referees are killing the league.”
“I didn’t expect Spanish league teams to be this reluctant to play football,” added the number 9, who has netted just once in three outings so far this season.
Lewandowski opened his 2023/2024 account with a tap-in that proved to be the winner against Villarreal last weekend.
It came after 16-year-old sensation Lamine Yamal hit the post, with Lewandowski converting the rebound.
Asked about the La Masia prodigy, Lewandowski was full of praise but demanded that football “let him be a youngster first”.
“How many players started that young and were still strong in their thirties?” he further posed.
Now aged 35, Lewandowski is still performing in the elite but not as strongly as before Qatar 2022 when he netted 18 goals in 19 games after completing a €50 million ($54 million) move from Bayern Munich in that year’s summer transfer window.
This has led to reports that Barca will try and sell him for €40 million ($43.2 million) next year, with a Saudi Arabian outfit already tabling a bid for that amount earlier this week according to SPORT.
After revealing that he will decide whether to retire from the Poland national team before the next European Championships, Lewandowski noted that “sometimes in football, the last 15 minutes are the hardest for a player”.
“That’s when the fatigue comes into play, and you have to put in the most effort to stay at the same level,” he explained.
On Sunday, Lewandowski should be expected to start against Osasuna in what is Barca’s last fixture before the international break.


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