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Lukaku is a left-footed player, who in 2014 was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe. Lukaku has also been known to use his physicality to get around defenders. Lukaku was born in Antwerp, Belgium to Congolese parents. His father, Roger Lukaku, played professional football and was capped at international level by Zaire. He has a younger brother named Jordan, who has progressed through the youth academy at Anderlecht and currently plays for Lazio in Italy. His cousin Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo plays as a left-sided winger or defender for Austria’s Rapid Vienna. Lukaku was the subject of a television documentary series called De School Van Lukaku (Lukaku’s School) shown on the Dutch-speaking Eén network. The reality show followed the teenage Lukaku and his classmates during the course of a year at the Saint-Guidon Institute, a school in Brussels, where the footballer was based while with the Anderlecht youth team. In 2009, the series followed the school as it made a field trip to London, visiting Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge ground. Lukaku said at the time, “What a stadium. If one day in my life I will cry, it will be the day I play here. I love Chelsea.” In addition to his native French and Dutch, Lukaku can speak fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and a Congolese Swahili dialect, and can also understand German. Lukaku has stated his childhood hero and biggest idol was Didier Drogba. Lukaku is a practising Roman Catholic; he made the pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2014. He does not drink alcohol. Lukaku was a member of the Belgium under-21 team and scored a goal on his debut against Slovenia. On 24 February 2010, Lukaku was named for the first time in the Belgium senior squad for a friendly match against Croatia. On 17 November 2010, he scored his first two international goals in a friendly against Russia. Lukaku scored his first goal in almost two years for the national team, netting the winner in a 4–2 friendly victory over rivals the Netherlands on 15 August 2012. On 10 November 2017, Lukaku equalled the all-time Belgium goalscoring record set by Bernard Voorhoof and Paul van Himst after scoring twice against Mexico in a 3–3 draw. Four days after he equalled the record, Lukaku became the Belgium’s all-time record goalscorer with 31 international goals at the age of 24 after he scored the only goal in a 1–0 win over Japan. Although this record was counted by the Royal Belgian Football Association, FIFA only officially recognised 28 goals after a nullified international friendly match against Luxembourg on 26 May 2014 which he netted a hat trick 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. On 6 June 2018, Lukaku officially became the Belgium’s all-time leading scorer with 31 goals after scoring a goal in a 3–0 win over Egypt. He also broke a three-way tie with the previous record goalscorers, Bernard Voorhoof and Paul Van Himst. On 18 June 2018, Lukaku scored twice in a 3–0 win over Panama in their opening group game at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In the next group game on 23 June 2018, he scored twice again in a 5–2 win over Tunisia. In doing so, Lukaku became the first player since Diego Maradona in 1986 to score two goals or more in consecutive World Cup matches. He eventually ended the tournament with four goals and one assist, which earned him the Bronze Boot award, as Belgium finished the tournament in third place.
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Romelu Lukaku wears a definitely uncommon UK13 size of boots, which is likely an NBA player’s size. This is obviously an hilarious topic with his mates. Juan Mata for example gave Romelu Lukaku his warm welcome to Manchester United posting on Twitter “Welcome Romelu Lukaku aka “biggest boots ever” related to a picture of him wearing Lukaku’s boots in his feet and another picture with his boots beside of Ronelu’s boots. To give an idea of how big they are, we tried to do something similar shooting Lukaku’s boots beside of Sebastian Giovinco’s boots. The hilarious result…is below.
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Lukaku was the first Premier League player to join Jay-Z’s management agency Roc Nation Sports. He had been sponsored by American giant Nike during his time with the Everton and continued to wear their Mercurial Vapor as he made a blistering start to his United career. But that deal – worth a reported £250,000 annually – came to an end in August 2017 and the 24-year-old has since been making clear his availability playing sportswear giants Nike and Adidas off against one another. He begun September on international duty wearing Adidas X boots, but was back wearing Nike when United returned to action in September 9th. He flipped back to Adidas at the end of the month, and continued with the German brand throughout October. At the end of the month he switched again to Nike’s Mercurial Vapors for the 1-0 win over Spurs – before going back to Adidas for the following matches with Benfica, Chelsea and Brighton. He has since reverted again, to a pair of blacked out Nike boots in the following matches with Watford and Arsenal. Global coverage of Lukaku was on the rise since his switch to Old Trafford, with the striker the third-most mentioned athlete on Twitter in 2017, behind only Conor McGregor and Pogba. Even his manager Jose Mourinho sentenced “I think Lukaku needs a big contract with boots because at this moment he doesn’t have a deal with any brand – that’s why he is playing with black boots”. After this weird period, in 2018, Lukaku signed a record sponsorship deal with German sportswear company Puma, the company’s largest endorsement deal ever.