Barcelona’s signing of Robert Lewandowski has caused such a stir that a club shop has had to stop selling shirts bearing his name – due to running out of the letter ‘W’.
According to a video posted on social media on Tuesday, a fan at one of the club’s official outlets asked a staff member why he couldn’t buy a Lewandowski shirt.
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“We no longer have a W, and Lewandowski has two. It’s sold out,” the employee replied.
ESPN have reached out to Barcelona for comment.
Following the departure of Senegalese international defender Moussa Wague this week, striker Martin Braithwaite is the only other player in Barcelona’s first men’s or women’s squad whose name includes a ‘W’.
The letter W is extremely rare in Spanish and Catalan, with the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) saying that the use of the letter is restricted to “words of Germanic origin like Wagnerian…or Anglicisms like in Washingtonian or Whisky”.
Barcelona have braved their tight finances to secure a string of deals this summer including teenager Pablo Torre, AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen and Leeds winger Raphinha.
However, none of those signings has sparked as much excitement as Lewandowski’s, which is understandable as the 33-year-old is one of football’s all-time all-time all-time scorers.
The Poland international finished second to Lionel Messi at the 2021 Ballon d’Or, won the FIFA Best Men’s Player Awards in 2020 and 2021 and picked up the Golden Boot for Europe’s most prolific finisher in the last two seasons.
His arrival was officially announced on Tuesday – after a deal in principle was announced over the weekend – Barca paid Bayern Munich a transfer fee of €45m, plus a potential €5m in variables, and the player signed a four-year deal with a 500 million euro release clause.
Lewandowski flew to Miami, where Barcelona were based at the start of their pre-season US tour, to meet their new team-mates and pass a medical as the final details of his contract were finalised.
He did not feature in Barca’s 6-0 win over Inter Miami on Tuesday but could make his debut for the club there classic Duel this weekend in Las Vegas against Real Madrid.
https://www.espn.com/soccer/blog-the-toe-poke/story/4703774/barcelona-club-store-couldnt-sell-lewandowski-jerseys-because-it-had-run-out-of-the-letter-w Barcelona club store couldn’t sell Lewandowski jerseys because it had run out of the letter ‘W’