Robert Lewandowski the Goal Machine

The Making of a Goal Machine - The New York Times:

Robert Lewandowski scored his 41st goal of the season, breaking the Bundesliga record, in the 90th minute of Bayern’s final game, a win against Augsburg on May 22.

Extraordinary story from The New York Times on the making of Robert Lewandowski. I wish all members of the Vietnamese national team could read it before playing in the upcoming World cup qualification, heck, the U22 team too.

In that fraction of a second, the 32-year-old Lewandowski still noticed the following things: where Marwin Hitz, the Dortmund goalkeeper, was positioned on his line; when and how Hitz set himself to react to his shot; which of Dortmund’s defenders closed him down and which backed away; and the complex interplay of angles that accompanied their movements.

He took all that in, computed it and reached a conclusion. “I thought that next time, maybe it would be possible to score either between the legs or to go for the far post,” he said. He logged it for later.

Continuous learning is his recipe for success, as with many other successful people. Try to be great by sucking less everyday.