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Romelu Lukaku, a Belgian story that works

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 11, 2020

“I’m happy to score so much but above all I want to win a trophy. We will do everything to make it happen next year at Wembley. ” This is what Romelu Lukaku said exactly one year ago. Against San Marino in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, the striker scored twice and became the first Belgian player to score more than fifty goals with the selection. Twelve months later, the Covid-19 prevented his national team from reaching the Euro 2020 final at Wembley but no defense has found the solution to stop the 27-year-old.

“I will even say that I am the best of all time”

Thanks to an incredible season under the colors of Inter Milan, the native of Antwerp has established himself as the best Belgian player of the moment. And certainly one of the best strikers in the world. A status that he took a long time to gain in club because of the criticisms which notably surrounded his time at Manchester United. In the selection on the other hand, it has been a long time since the striker has asserted himself as the number 1. “People sometimes ask me if I am among the three best Belgian strikers of all time. Yes Yes Yes. I will even say that I am the best of all time. With a kilometer in advance, I tell you it »he said to Otro speaking of his conflicted relationship with some of the supporters of the Red Devils.

Romelu Lukaku, the man of all records

And the numbers confirm his impression. The one who became the third youngest Belgian international in history in 2010 holds the record for goals on the international stage with 52 goals. It was in the spring of 2018 that he dropped the brand established at 30 by Paul Van Himst in 1974. The same year, he took advantage of the 2018 World Cup to become the top Belgian scorer in the history of major international competitions with seven goals, one more than Jan Ceulemans. It had not been enough to win the world title. But with the Euro looming, Romelu Lukaku will have another opportunity to win an international trophy. This will involve improving some of his personal bests.