Menama Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli is a Belgian striker who plays for Chelsea in the Premier League and the Belgium national team. Lukaku is often regarded as one of the most productive strikers globally. Lukaku was born in Antwerp and began his professional career in 2009 with Belgian Pro League team Anderlecht, where he made his debut at the age of 16. Lukaku has also been named the highest scorer in the league.
Player profile: Style of play
Lukaku is a left-footed player, he was named one of the ten most promising young players in Europe by the Guardian in 2014. From an early age, he was a huge and physically powerful striker. Lukaku has a reputation for getting around opponents with his physicality. Considering his strength, physical size, and ability to hold up play with his back to goal, he rather to play as an out-and-out striker or poacher. However, he can also play as a winger due to his tactical versatility.
Professional football career
Lukaku started his professional career with Anderlecht, where he scored 33 goals. He also played for Chelsea, winning the FA Cup in 2011-12. He scored 53 goals during his three years with Everton. Between 2017 and 2021, he was a member of Manchester United.
Lukaku signed a professional deal with Anderlecht till 2012 after he turned 16 years old in 2009. On the 24th of May 2009, as a 69th-minute substitution for a defender, he made his Belgian First Division debut against Standard Liège in the Championship play-off match. During the 2009–10 season, Lukaku made his senior debut for Anderlecht, scoring his first goal against Zulte. He scored four goals in the 2009–10 UEFA Europa League as the club advanced to the quarterfinals.
Lukaku signed a five-year contract with Chelsea in August 2011 for €12 million. Lukaku made his Stamford Bridge debut to replace a player in victory over Norwich City. Lukaku played with Chelsea against Fulham in the League Cup. Chelsea eventually won the game on penalties. He spent most of the season in the reserves until making his Premier League debut against Blackburn Rovers on May 13, 2012, and winning man of the match. (Read our Chelsea betting predictions.)
West Bromwich Albion
He joined West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan on August 10, 2012. He scored his first league goal eight days later, against Liverpool, after coming on as a substitute in the 77th minute. He made his full debut in a 1-0 victory at The Hawthorns, scoring the game’s only goal. Lukaku came on as a 70th-minute replacement, scored a penalty, and assisted another player as West Brom beat Sunderland on November 24.
Lukaku joined Everton on a season-long loan on the final day of the summer 2013 transfer window. On September 21, 2013, the striker made his debut for the Toffees against West Ham United, scoring the game-winning goal. He scored twice and assisted a goal on his home debut against Newcastle United nine days later. In the next match, he was defeated by Manchester City.
Lukaku signed a five-year contract with Manchester United on July 10, 2017, with a one-year extension option. It was said to be valued at £75 million at first, plus an additional £15 million. Lukaku’s signing came a day after Wayne Rooney, Manchester United’s former captain, departed to rejoin Everton, his boyhood club. (Read our Man United betting predictions.)
Lukaku signed a five-year contract with Inter Milan on August 8, 2019, for a speculated club record cost of €80 million. Lukaku made his Inter Milan debut against Lecce on the first day of the Series A season on August 26. Lukaku also became the third Belgian to score in Series A for Inter. In the club’s second league game, Lukaku scored the game-winning goal from the penalty spot to give Inter a victory away from home against Cagliari. (Read our Inter Milan betting predictions.)
Lukaku was a part of Belgium’s under-21 team and debuted against Slovenia, scoring a goal. Lukaku was named to Belgium’s senior squad for the first time in February for a friendly against Croatia. In a match against Russia, he also scored his first two international goals. Lukaku scored his first goal for the Belgium in two years, scoring the game-winning goal in a friendly triumph over rivals in the Netherlands. Lukaku has been picked to Belgium’s World Cup roster for 2014. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions ).
Romelu Lukaku Stats
- He won numerous awards, including the Belgian, FA, and Coppa Italia Football League Cup/EFL.
- UEFA Champions League has ten appearances and four goals; UEFA Europa League has ten appearances and four goals.
- In the UEFA Champions League, he made three appearances and scored three goals, while in the UEFA Europa League, he made eight appearances and scored one goal.
- In the UEFA Champions League, he made five appearances and scored two goals, while in the UEFA Europa League, he made six appearances and scored seven goals.