Being a dynamic community filled with millions of rabid Football fans, the subsection of Twitter known as FT (Football Twitter) basically has an ecosystem of its own.
Jumping in as a beginner can be quite jarring, the platform has its own routines, conventions, and most importantly its very own lingo.
While Football-centric jargon is still in regular rotation on FT, users have devised various new terminologies, mostly for trolling purposes.
Calling a player ‘bad’ simply doesn’t cut it for this lot, and instead, they usually come up with specific ‘slander names’ to add a personal touch to the beration.
‘Pessi’ is Messi because he scores a lot of penalties, ‘Penaldo’ is Ronaldo because he scores a lot of penalties, and ‘MPayPal’ is Mbappe because he loves raking in the cash.
You get the gist.
The Poland International has been in fine form this season, having scored 24 goals in 29 appearances for the Catalan giants.
While his goal-scoring form itself doesn’t warrant any sort of slander, the 34-year-old has gone missing during some big games, which is more than enough ammunition for the meme-savvy crowd on FT.
To commemorate his poor performances or ‘stinkers’ as they call them, fans put on their tinfoil hats and came up with the ingenious name ‘Lewandisney’.
The origins of the moniker trace back to, you guessed it, the Disney channel.
Aside from owning virtually every billion-dollar franchise known to man, the company is also home to some of the most beloved cartoon characters ever.
As a result of this, the term ‘Disney’ is universally linked to children, because of their enormous animated catalogue.
This is primarily how the slander name came into being, with the suffix ‘Disney’ basically meaning childish, inept or just silly.
You’ve probably come across the term’s usage in different forms, for instance, the Ligue 1 is often referred to as the ‘Mickey Mouse League’, a label given by fans who think that the league is child’s play compared to its European Counterparts.
Similarly, ‘Lewandisney’ is used on FT whenever Lewandowski has a poor day at the office, and the term has gained quite a bit of popularity.
The meme might actually be on the cusp of blowing up even further, and the reason behind this is none other than the striker’s wife Anna Lewandowska.
The Karate and fitness expert inadvertently fueled the meme by sharing an image of her husband on Instagram, one that quite literally brought the name to life.
It displayed Lewandowski sporting a comical hat, paired with pure joy on his face.
The image was captioned ‘Disney time’, which helped narrow down our search for the hat’s meaning.
Designed for children, the hat resembles the adorable pig ‘Pua’ from Disney’s animated film Moana, and Lewandowski wearing it is a live rendition of the ‘Lewandisney’ meme.
The picture is ripe with trolling potential, and after seeing the image, fans online had the same idea.
Don’t be surprised if you come across the image right after a poor display from the striker, in fact, it’s best to get used to it.