Robert Lewandowski could have played for Blackburn had it not been for the volcanic ash cloud in 2010 as he gives his side of the infamous transfer story.
The eruption of the Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn really prevented Lewandowski from signing for the then Premier League club 10 years ago.
Lewandowski, who forged an incredible career at Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, had the chance to ply his trade at Blackburn who, at the time, was managed by Sam Allardyce.
The Polish striker wanted to travel to England to see the training ground and meet the manager.
But his flight to Lancashire was canceled due to the cloud of volcanic ash that prevented him from flying to England.
Recalling his talks with Blackburn, he revealed: âI had the opportunity to join Blackburn.
âBut I wanted to see what Blackburn was like, the training ground, the place where I met Sam Allardyce.
âIt was in Poland after a match. I thought he was a good guy, a very good coach.
“He was ready to take on a young player who was something new and who could be something special.
“He wanted to come to Poland to see me. It was nice.”
Lewandowski continued, âThere were a lot of offers to think about when I left Poznan. I wanted to know if I was going, ‘What would I get? What would I learn? “
âI think it would have been nice if I had been to Blackburn, but I would have liked to go see the training center, the stadium. I couldn’t go because of the cloud. It was the volcano. volcano with ash cloud.
“It was a week and no one could fly to Europe. The flight was booked, but we couldn’t go. It changed my life. If I had been to Blackburn, I might have stayed there.”
The prolific leader struck a deal with Dortmund – worth Â£ 5million – where he scored goals for fun, winning two Bundesliga titles.
He then got a stint at Bayern Munich where he arguably became the best striker in the world.
Although Lewandowski’s legendary career could have been very, very different had he signed for Blackburn a long time ago.