Robert Lewandowski receives the Order of the Leader of Poland Restituta from the hand of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on March 22, 2021 – Reuters Bild

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WARSAW, MARCH 22 – Footballer Robert Lewandowski was honored by the President of the Republic of Poland on Monday and the 2020 striker was awarded another prize for a display bag containing titles, which already contain Champions League medals and winners of the German League.

Lewandowski, who won the German League and Cup last season and the UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich last season, was awarded the Captain’s Cross from Bologna Restituta from his country’s president, Andrzej Duda.

The award is given to both military and civilians in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their field. Lewandowski joins as the recipients of Poland’s first democratically elected president, Lesch Wassa, and the President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower.

After receiving the award, Lewandowski said, “No matter how many titles I’ve won … I have big ambitions at the moment and I don’t want to count on success.” The 32-year-old led Poland to qualify for the 2020 European Championship and was also awarded the 2019-20 European Union Player of the Year award.

Last week, Polish Prime Minister Matthews Murawiecki called on Chancellor Angela Merkel to exempt Lewandowski and his Polish teammate from quarantine regulations upon their return to Germany after the World Cup qualifiers against England on March 31 at Wembley Stadium.

Lewandowski, Hertha Berlin and Krzysztof Petek play for German clubs that may have prevented them from going to England to play because this could mean that if they return, they will miss Bundesliga matches due to their quarantine rules.

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The Polish Football Association later confirmed that the players would be allowed to go to England. Reuters