“Basta!” said Oliver Kahn when Robert Lewandowski publicly announced his desire to move to the club a few weeks ago. Bayern’s CEO has now confirmed an agreement with FC Barcelona, ​​and the heavily indebted Catalan club is said to be transferring 45 million euros to Munich for the 33-year-old striker.

With Lewandowski, the Bundesliga loses the player personality of the past decade. What began promisingly in Dortmund was continued in an even more impressive way by the Polish striker at Bayern. Permanent top scorer, goal record and always champion in Munich. More is not possible.

The fact that he now, at an advanced footballing age, wants to get to know another league and that it would have been of little use if the club had insisted on the fulfillment of the contract, which was valid for another year, ultimately made the change almost inevitable.

Even if both parties end up with minor scratches. Lewandowski, because his image as a model professional has suffered some dents and he ultimately forced his departure. The Munich team, on the other hand, because they said “Basta!” but ultimately only wanted to drive up the transfer fee.

Since the supposed Lewandowski Crown Prince had already left Germany for the Premier League with Erling Haaland, there is now a small striker vacuum in the Bundesliga. That doesn’t have to be bad and at least promises a little more variety here.

On the other hand, no one should believe that the master question is now automatically open as well. Bayern have already followed suit with Sadio Mané, albeit not necessarily true to position. The squad is still clearly superior to all national competitors even without a Lewandowski.

Furthermore, there is no player in the other Bundesliga clubs who would have a regular place in Munich. It’s no wonder that Bayern are looking for reinforcements abroad and have already found them in the person of Mané on the offensive and are possibly adding Matthijs de Ligt in defense.

And Robert Lewandowski? Got his way and can now show his qualities in Barcelona too. If they come to fruition like they did in Munich recently, Barca can be happy – and the Bundesliga may cry one last tear after him.