Poland only managed two goals at Russia 2018 and Robert Lewandowski is desperate to make amends at the World Cup in Qatar.
Robert Lewandowski dreams of scoring his first World Cup goal as Poland look to atone for previous failings in FIFA’s top tournament.
Lewandowski remains one of world football’s elite goalscorers after scoring 18 goals in all competitions this season – only Erling Haaland (23) and Kylian Mbappe (19) have more in Europe’s top five leagues.
The Barcelona forward is also Poland’s all-time top goalscorer with 76 strikes in 134 games, although he is yet to find the net at the World Cup.
Poland failed to qualify in 2010 and 2014 and scored just twice in Russia 2018 after exiting at the group stage – and Lewandowski is ready to right the wrongs of previous disappointment.
“I’m definitely thinking about the last World Cup,” the 34-year-old told BBC Radio 5 Live.
“To score a goal in the World Cup would be a huge dream and I will do everything for that dream. I hope it comes true in this World Cup.”
The forward contributed 13 goals in Poland’s World Cup qualifying campaign (nine goals, four assists) – more than twice as many as any of his international team-mates.
Poland will be hoping to shake off their poor record in Monday’s opener against Mexico, having opened just one of their eight previous World Cup campaigns with a win (D3 L4) in 1974 when they beat Argentina 3-2.
The meeting between the two familiar foes will follow in Group C on November 30, where Lewandowski will face Blaugrana legend Lionel Messi with Argentina.
“I will be happy to have the opportunity to play against Argentina and Messi – he changed football forever,” added the former Bayern Munich striker.
“I’m happy for everything I’ve achieved and for these memories of the World Cup, so now it’s time to enjoy it.”