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Facts about Romelu Lukaku, the great striker

Mon 12 April 2021 | 9:00

The Belgian professional footballer, Romelu Lukaku, is regarded as one of the best strikers of the football world and also maybe the best Belgian striker in the history of football due to his great goal-scoring abilities. Read on to find out more facts about Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian striker was born on 13 May, 1993, meaning that

Romelu Lukaku's age

is 27.

Romelu Lukaku’s parents

are Roger and Adolphine Lukaku. He has a younger brother named Jordan, who is also a professional footballer.

Lukaku’s dad, Roger Menama Lukaku, was a former professional player. His cousin, Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo, is a left-back for Rapid Vienna. So, it can be said that football runs in the family.

Romelu Lukaku can speak Flemish (native language in Belgium) Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese and English. Moreover, he can understand a little bit of German.

Lukaku, at 6ft 3in (1.90m), has an imposing physique. He said in an interview back in 2011, “I never lift weights. My physique? It is a gift from God.”

According to reports, Romelu’s mother used to bring her son’s birth certificate to matches to prove that he was a teenager and not a grown-up man!

The followings are some facts about Romelu Lukaku:

Romelu did not get involved in football as a child as his parents never wanted him to be distracted from his studies. His passion for football started out as a kid when he started to watch every single minute of Premier League football with his dad.

Romelu Lukaku early life

Romelu Menama Lukau Bolingoli

, born 13 May 1993, is a Belgian professional football player who currently plays as a striker for Italian club

Inter Milan

and

Belgium national team

.

The fact about

Romelu Lukaku's childhood

is that he was born in Antwerp, Northern Belgium, to Congolese parents.

Romelu Lukaku's parents are Roger and Adolphine Lukaku, His family belonged to the Belgian black minority community.

Romelu Lukaku's father was a keen fan of football and did not miss a single

Premier League

match.

Romelu would often spend hours watching the game on TV with his father until he was soon addicted to the sport. His father was a known footballer back in his days and had played in international matches for Zaire.

Romelu was addicted to the sport through video games. However, despite his love for football, he was fairly good in academics.

 His younger brother, Jordan, followed Romelu in his passion for football, and both the brothers practiced together.

When Romelu was five years old his father enrolled him at a local club, Rupel Boom, due to his abnormal passion for football.

During his four years at the club, Romelu outperformed the other children in the team. He was spotted by scouts from another club, Lierse, during one of his matches.

They had a well-established youth academy and in 2004, they took Romelu Lukaku in when he was 11 years old.

In Lierse, Lukaku scored 121 goals in 68 matches he played for the club which was a great performance for a teenager.

In 2006, when Lierse was relegated from the Belgian Pro League, Romelu moved to

Anderlecht

youth side, where he managed to score 131 goals in 93 matches for his side and became a popular young footballer.

Romelu Lukaku personal life

Like most footballers, Romelu Lukaku tries to keep his personal and love life private but the important fact about

Romelu Lukaku's personal life

is that he isn't married yet neither is he single. He is in a serious relationship with Sarah Mens but it has been reported that he had at least 2 relationship before her.

Sarah, one of the TV hosts of Harry Mens’ five daughters, has been to watch the former Chelsea star in a series of Everton games. The pair were together for more than five years since 2016. Before Sarah Mens, he had a relationship with Julia Vandeweghe who is a Belgian Fitness.

Sarah Mens has been dating Milan striker Romelu for a while now and regarding

Romelu Lukaku's children

, it should be mentioned that the couple is rumored to have a baby boy whose name is Romeo.

Lukaku and his ex-girlfriend, Julia Vandenweghe, both were in a deep love with each other and they were not shy about showing their affection for each other in the public eyes.

The couple were dating for a couple of years and everyone who knew about them believed their relationship would surely end up in marriage!

Romelu's ex-girlfriend once worked as a leisure, travel, and tourism professional in Belgium, before that she worked in customer service at Costa Crociere.

Lukaku has featured in a documentary, titled ‘De school van Lukaku,’ as himself. It was produced by a Dutch channel and filmed Romelu's teenage days and part of the ‘Anderlecht’ youth academy. The film features him doing regular activities with his classmates.

Romelu Lukaku professional career

Born in Antwerp, Romelu Lukaku began his professional career at Belgian Pro League club Anderlecht in 2009, where he made his senior debut, at age 16.

Romelu Lukaku club career

The important

fact about Romelu Lukaku

's club career is that he started his senior career in Anderlecht where he was a member of its youth side from earlier years.

On 13 May 2009, when Romelu turned 16, he signed a professional contract with Anderlecht lasting three years until 2012.

Lukaku made his Belgian top division debut on 24 May 2009 against

Standard Liege

as a substitute.

On 28 August 2009, Romelu Lukaku scored his first goal at senior level against

Zulte Waregem

in the 89th minute after coming on as a substitute.

"After scoring I dived into a sea of happiness," he told Berend Scholten from UEFA.com. "You think you are flying and can take on the whole world."

Romelu Lukaku became a regular member of Anderlecht's first team during the 2009-10 season.

At the end of the season he became the top goal-scorer in the Pro League with 15 goals as his team won its 30th Belgian title.

Romelu Lukaku won the 2009 Belgian Bronze Shoe award and also became the Belgian Sportsman Promising Talent of the Year.

He made his debut in Europa League tournament on 17 September 2009 against

Dinamo Zagreb

where he came on as a substitute.

He managed to score four times during the club's run to the last 16 of the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League.

During the next season, Romelu Lukaku scored 20 goals for his side in all competitions, but his team failed to retain their league title.

Chelsea

After spending great times in Belgium and proving himself as one of the best young talents it was time for Lukaku to move to a bigger club.

He joined English club

Chelsea

in August 2011.

Lukaku joined Premier League club for a fee reported to be around €12 million (£10 million), rising to €20 million (£17 million) in add-ons. Lukaku was given the number 18 shirt and signed a five-year contract.

Romelu made his debut at Stamford Bridge in a victory over Norwich City when he came on as a substitute for Spanish Fernando Torres.

Lukaku spent the majority of season playing for the reserves, he started his first Premier League match on 13 May 2012 against Blackburn.

 At the end of his debut season, Romelu Lukaku was disappointed with his involvement, revealing that, after his side's UEFA Champions League win in the final on 19 May, he refused to hold the trophy, explaining "it wasn't me, but my team that won".

Loan to West Bromwich Albion

On 10 August 2012, Romelu joined

West Bromwich Albion

on a season-long loan deal.

Romelu Lukaku scored his first league goal on 18 August in a win against

Liverpool

, when he came on in the 77th minute.

Romelu had his first multi-goal game in the Premier League, on 12 January 2013, giving his side a 0-2 lead against

Reading

.

On 19 May 2013 Lukaku scored a remarkable second-half perfect hat-trick, as West Brom came from three goals down to draw 5–5 in the season's final home match against Manchester United.

The match was Sir Alex Ferguson's 1,500th and last match in charge of United, and the highest-scoring draw in the history of the Premier League.

Romelu Lukaku scored 17 goals that season and outscored all of his Chelsea teammates in the Premier League.

Loan to Everton

Romelu Lukaku joined another English club,

Everton

, on a season-long loan in the final day of the summer 2013 transfer window.

On 21 September 2013 he made his debut for the club against West Ham United and scored the winning goal in a 3-2 victory for Everton.

He had an impressive start at the club and scored goals after goals, he scored twice in Merseyside derby against Liverpool and the match ended 3-3, after the match Lukaku said that it was the experience he has had in his short career.

In that season Romelu scored 15 goals in 31 League matches to help his side to fifth place with a club record of 72 Premier League points.

After his great performances for the club he signed a five year deal with Everton in July 2014 for a club record fee of £28 million, and he was assigned the number 10 shirt.

Romelu Lukaku scored his first hat-trick for Everton against Young Boys, on 19 February 2015; in the UEFA Europa League last 32.

During that season Lukaku scored eight goals for Everton in Europa League tournament to become the joint highest scorer of competitions alongside Alan of

Red Bull Salzburg

.

During the 2015-16 season, Romelu Lukaku achieved many great records with Everton. On 21 November he scored twice against Aston Villa to become the fifth player under 23 years of age to score at least 50 Premier League goals.

Romelu Lukaku became the first Everton player to score in six consecutive Premier League matches, on 12 December and he also became the first Everton player since Dave Hickson in 1954 to score in eight consecutive matches.

With scoring against Stoke City on 6 February 2016 which was his 20th goal of the season, he became the first Everton player since Graeme Sharp to score at least 20 goals in all competitions in consecutive seasons for Everton.

During that season Romelu Lukaku scored 17 League goals, a Premier League-era record for Everton.

In the following season Romelu Lukaku continued his great goal-scoring records and became the first Everton player since Bob Latchford to score 20 or more goals in all competitions for three consecutive seasons.

He scored two goals against Hull City to take his league goals tally to 21 for the season, thereby becoming the first Everton player since Gary Lineker 31 years previously to surpass 20 league goals in a season, as well as being the fourth player and first foreign player to score 80 Premier League goals before the age of 24.

The

fact about Romelu Lukaku

's time at Everton is that he reached to his best personal form with the club and became one of the top and first class strikers in the world.

Manchester United

After spending four great seasons at Everton, he moved to

Manchester United

on 10 July 2017, signing a five-year contract with the option of a further year. 

Although the fee was officially undisclosed, it was reported to be worth an initial £75 million, plus £15 million in add-ons.

The fact about Romelu Lukaku's transfer to Manchester United is that he became the second most expensive signing in the history of the club at the time.

Lukaku scored his first goal in UEFA Champions League on 12 September, in a 3–0 win over 

FC Basel

.

Romelu Lukaku managed to score 10 goals in his first nine matches for Manchester United, in doing so; he broke the record set by Sir Bobby Charlton who had scored nine goals in his first nine appearances for the club.

During his first season with Manchester United, Lukaku scored 27 goals in all competitions but despite his great performance the club couldn't win any major trophy.

During 2018-19 season and after sacking of manager Jose Mourinho, Lukaku lost his place in the first squad and scored only 15 goals in all competitions.

Inter Milan

After playing nine seasons in England, Romelu Lukaku joined Italian club Inter Milan on 8 August 2019, signing a five-year contract for a fee reported to be a club record €80 million.

Romelu made his debut for Inter Milan on 26 August in the opening Serie A match day against Lecce, netting his side's third goal with his first shot in a 4–0 home win.

Scoring that goal meant that  Lukaku has found the net in his first league game for five of the six clubs he has represented; Anderlecht, West Brom, Everton, Manchester United, and Inter.

With scoring his first goal for Inter he became the third Belgian to score for the club in

Serie A

, after Enzo Scifo and Radja Nainggolan.

Lukaku formed an attacking partnership with 

Lautaro Martínez

, dubbed "Lu-La" by Italian media.

In his first season with Inter, Lukaku scored a total of 34 goals in all competitions which was his personal record and he managed to equal Ronaldo's record in 1997–98 season.

During 2020-21 season which is still on performing, Romelu Lukaku has scored 26 goals in all competitions.

Under Coach Antonio Conte the club is in first place of Serie A table until this day with having eight points more than town rivals

AC Milan

.

Romelu Lukaku international career

Romelu Lukaku's first call up to Belgium senior squad came on 24 February 2010, for a friendly match against Croatia.

In a friendly match against

Russia

on 17 November 2010, Lukaku scored his first two international goals.

Lukaku scored his first hat-trick for Belgium national team on 26 May 2014, in a friendly match against

Luxembourg

.

However, as Belgium made seven substitutions during this match instead of the permitted six, it was not recognized as an official match by FIFA.

Romelu Lukaku was named in Belgium's squad for the 2014 World Cup in May 2014.

In 2014 World Cup, Lukaku scored the second and winning goal of Belgium against United States in the round of 16.

He was a member of Belgium squad in UEFA Euro 2016 and in that tournament he scored two goals against

Republic of Ireland

in group stage.

On 14 November 2017, Lukaku scored a goal against

Japan

and became the Belgium's all-time record goal-scorer with 31 international goals at the age of 24.

Although this record was counted by the Royal Belgian Football Association,FIFA only officially recognized 28 goals after a nullified international friendly match against Luxembourg on 26 May 2014 which he scored three goals in a 5–1 win because the former Belgium coach, Marc Wilmots made seven substitutions during the match instead of the permitted six which are not in accordance to the Laws of the Game.

Lukaku officially became Belgium's all-time leading scorer with 31 goals after scoring a goal against

Egypt

on 6 June 2018.

Romelu Lukaku represented his country in 2018 World Cup which was his second time; he scored twice against

Panama

in their opening group game at the tournament on 18 June 2018.

He repeated his great form in the second match of group stage and scored two goals against

Tunisia

in a 5-2 win.

In doing so, Lukaku became the first player since Diego Maradona in 1986 to score two goals or more in consecutive World Cup matches.

Lukaku ended the tournament with four goals and one assist, which earned him the Bronze Boot award, as Belgium finished the tournament in third place.

Till date he has scored 59 goals for Belgium in 91 matches in all competitions. The

fact about Romelu Lukaku

's international career is that his record with Belgium has been just great and he has time to make it even better due to his age.

Romelu Lukaku stats

Romelu began his senior career with Anderlecht in Belgian Pro League in 2009, when he was 16 years old. In three seasons with the club Lukau scored 41 goals in 98 matches in all competitions.

He joined Chelsea but couldn't show his potential. During his one and only season with West Brom Albion, he scored 17 goals in 35 Premier League matches.

In 2013 he joined to Everton, where he scored goals after goals and proved himself as one of the best goal-scorers in England.

He played four seasons for Everton and managed to score 87 goals in 128 matches in all competitions for the club, Lukaku was the best goal-scorer of the club in all seasons that he played for them.

Romelu moved to Manchester United in 2017, where he managed to score 42 times in 96 matches. He scored 28 goals in Premier League for the club.

In 2019 he moved to Italian club, Inter Milan, where he is still playing till this day. During his first season with the club, Lukaku scored 34 goals in all competitions which was his best personal during a season.

Romelu Lukaku has scored 27 goals for Inter at all competitions in 2020-21, which is still being held.

The fact about Romelu Lukaku's goal scoring record is that he has scored 315 goals in 612 senior matches with clubs and Belgium which is absolutely great and he will improve his record in the coming years for sure.

Some quick facts about Romelu Lukaku

About Romelu Lukaku's age it should be mentioned that he was born on 13 May 1993, this means that he is 27 years old.

Romelu Lukaku is regarded as one of the best strikers in European football and also he's regarded as the best Belgian striker in football history by many players and coaches.

The fact about Romelu Lukaku's play-style is that he's a physically powerful striker, with an eye for goal; he has been known to use his physicality to get around defenders.

Beyond his physical qualities and goal-scoring ability, Romelu possesses pace, awareness, athleticism, good link-up play, vision and technical attributes, as well as an ability to get into good attacking positions or create space for teammates with his intelligent runs off the ball.

Romelu is multilingual and can speak English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Flemish which is Belgium's native language; he apparently has an understanding of German too.

Romelu had some struggles between the ages of 12 and 14 due to his physique and look. It was revealed that people watching the Belgian didn’t believe he was of the right age.

 According to the reports, Romelu’s mother could eventually bring her son’s birth certificate to matches to prove he was the right age.

Romelu Lukaku's nickname is 'The Tank' due to his physical power and athleticism.

His mother, Adolphine Lukaku is a professional football business woman who guides her sons a lot and has been instrumental in many ways.

She was the brain behind Romelu's refusing his Everton contract renewal. Football clubs must have to pass through her to get to Romelu.

Romelu Lukaku has stated many times that his idol was Chelsea's striker, Didier Drogba. He even mentioned that his reason to play for Chelsea was playing with his idol.

He also has a special respect for Brazilian legend, Ronaldo Nazario. His devotion to Ronaldo is such that he finds the time to search YouTube for videos of him.

Romelu is very addicted to the Play Station video game and even takes both TV and Play Station with himself on journey to away games.

Another fact about Romelu Lukaku is that he and Paul Pogba are close friends and age mates, they often play Basketball on holidays and also they were teammates when Romelu played for Manchester United.

Romelu Lukaku in Milan derby fight

Ibrahimovic

and Romelu Lukaku clashed in the Milan derby in the Coppa Italia quarter-final this season.

Ibrahimovic was heard saying, "Go do your voodoo sh*t, you little donkey. Go do your voodoo sh*t. Call your mother!"

Lukaku also responded, "Well, let's go inside you b*tch. We will see."

Ibrahimovic replied by apparently repeating his earlier comment. Upon hearing the Swede's words, the Inter striker grew increasingly annoyed, shooting back: "What did you say? Who? Who?"

He then followed Ibrahimovic as they left the pitch, repeatedly calling him a "b*tch" before delivering the message: "F*ck you and your wife, you little b*tch."

The pair had squared up prior to that, with Ibrahimovic's head meeting Lukaku's in an aggressive manner.

Ibrahimovic was sent off for a second yellow-card offence in the second half and, after the game, AC Milan boss Stefano Pioli explained that the Swede was sorry for what had happened.

Romelu Lukaku social media

About

Romelu Lukaku social media

, it should be mentioned that he has an Instagram page (

@romelulukaku

) and has 6.5 million followers on Instagram, he mostly posts pictures from himself and his training and teammates.

Romelu Lukaku body measurement

About

Romelu Lukaku body measurement

, it should be mentioned that there is no exact information on is body measurements but he stands 1.90 m tall.

Romelu Lukaku tattoos

No ink for the striker. Lukaku was brought up in a strict Christian way by his parents explains why he doesn’t drink or smoke.

Same reason he has no tattoos on his body and he once said that he does not really think that it fits his personality. He does not really think that it fits his personality.

When Lukaku arrived England in 2011, his friends back home in Belgium told him it was a matter of time before he would ignore his religious beliefs but he didn’t and stayed away from smoking and drinking culture of English football until he left for Italy at the beginning of the new season.

Lukaku commented on his quiet life off the pitch, and how he is in fact a gentle giant, "I prefer to stay home and I never went out a lot even when I was a kid growing up in Belgium.

I've never had a glass of alcohol in my life either. It's out of my comfort zone and I don't know how to act. I'm very shy.”

Romelu Lukaku net worth

Speaking about

Romelu Lukaku net worth

, it should be mentioned that his net worth estimates to be $20 million in year 2021.

The 27 year old Belgian professional footballer is the most expensive player of Inter Milan and also the most expensive player in Serie A, his current market value is €90.00 million.

In July 2019, the striker signed a contract with Inter Milan that nets him a whopping salary of 8.8 Million Euro (8.2 Million Pound) per year, meaning that he earns C24,044 (£22,313) per day and C1,002 (£930) per hour.

He is the fourth most valuable center forward player in the world behind Kylian Mbappe, Harry Kane and Erling Halland.

 

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