Lukaku 'hates to be known as a goal poacher'

Mon 04 October 2021 | 15:42

The Belgian star believes that he has abilities other than scoring goals.


striker Romelu Lukaku is upset about being known as a goal [oacher and believes he is the most dangerous when fronting up rivals.

The Belgian star had a very good performance in scoring and was able to score 255 goals in the club level and 67 goals in the international level. He has won the Serie A and Europa League titles and is known as the best goal scorer in the history of Belgium, but he is upset about his reputation in football.

He told

FIFA's official website


“The way I’m built – I’m quite big – everybody thinks I’m a sort of target man: just holding up the ball and being a goal poacher. But I’ve never played that way and I hate it.

“My biggest strength is that I’m dangerous when I’m facing towards the goal, because that’s when I rarely make wrong choices.

“After I pass the ball, I know where I have to position myself in the box. I can do a bit of everything and in some games when I know there is a lot of space behind the defence, I play differently.

“The reason I’m so productive [in front of goal] is because I can do a bit of everything.”

Lukaku is Belgium's top scorer with a 34-goal difference from the second place. He intends to improve his scoring record and continued:

“I didn’t really begin scoring goals straight away for the national team. It took me some time.

“But once I had settled in, I knew I would have opportunities to score and that the other players would enable me to do so. And everyone else started to score goals as well, not just me: Eden [Hazard], Kevin [De Bruyne], Dries [Mertens].

“That made me think that in attack, we have real top quality. And for me, it was like a sweet store: just constantly scoring goals.

“At some point, I stopped counting and just continued playing. And we also won our matches. That was the great achievement, you know: scoring and winning.

“I really hate to lose, but scoring and still losing is awful as well. I’m glad that we managed to win so many of our matches, but in the end you really just want to win a trophy and that’s what truly motivates me.”



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