Barcelona ace Robert Lewandowski forced to exit plane before takeoff as World Cup prep hits delays

Robert Lewandowski endured a problematic start to his World Cup preparations after his plane suffered a malfunction just moments before takeoff.

The Barcelona striker was on board alongside other passengers when a malfunction prevented the plane from taking off, according to WP Sportowe Fakty.

All the passengers, including Lewandowski, were forced to leave the aircraft and board another one as the departure from Spain to Poland was delayed.

Lewandowski is meeting up with his international teammates as Poland prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The striker has enjoyed a strong start to the season, scoring 18 goals in 19 games since joining Barcelona from Bayern Munich last summer.

Despite his individual contributions, the club endured a frustrating campaign in the Champions League after finishing third in the group.

As a result, Lewandowski and his teammates will compete in the Europa League next year, starting with a mouth-watering clash against Manchester United.

Before setting his sights on club ambitions, Lewandowski will be channelling his efforts into the upcoming World Cup.

The 34-year-old is Poland's all-time top goalscorer with 76 to his name from 134 appearances.

This year's tournament in Qatar will be Poland's fourth World Cup campaign in 36 years. The team will also be looking to make it out of the groups for the first time since 1986.

Poland have been drawn in Group C alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Argentina, meaning Lewandowski could go head-to-head with Barca legend Lionel Messi.

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