He pushed for a move from Atlético de Madrid to Can Barça, where his start couldn’t have been better.
The statistics speak for themselves. Robert Lewandowski spent the first four games of Barcelona’s season on an island. He didn’t get any opportunities and moved to places he wasn’t used to. Lewandowski didn’t get enough of the ball, so Lewandowski couldn’t do Lewandowski’s things.
But last Sunday that changed. Lewandowski, who was involved in three of Barca’s five goals against Real Betis, had a partner in the final third, a creative presence who provided him with everything he needed. That player, once the second most expensive teenager in the world and who later failed at Chelsea, was Joao Félix. The Portuguese has long wanted to move to Barcelona, having admitted in July that Barca would be the “dream” of his career.
However, it remained to be seen how his signing with the Catalan club would turn out. Barcelona were a fairly rigid team last year and seemed to have no room for an attacking talent like Joao, a player who has historically had little interest in defensive concepts and working off the ball.
On Sunday, however, Félix led the orchestra as the Blaugrana defeated Betis, scoring a goal and leading a ferocious attack. He did it again on Tuesday, scoring twice and assisting Lewandowski again, putting him in control in a thrilling performance against Antwerp in the Champions League.
These may be the first days and the rivals may not be the best that Barcelona will have this season, but the arrival of the Portuguese to the Barça club could bring a touch of magic for both parties.
Gregory Robert is a sports aficionado and a writer for “Social Bites”. He provides in-depth coverage of the latest sporting events and trends, offering a unique and knowledgeable perspective on the world of sports.