A Belgian player who now plays for the English side Manchester United FC, Romelu Lukaku is one of the most important players for both Belgium and United since his move to the club in 2017. Having grown into a prolific striker, he was invited to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Here is all to know about him.
Romelu Lukaku’s Biography, Age
It was on 13 May 1993 that the striker was born in the Belgian city of Antwerp. It was here that he was raised by his father who was a football player as well as his mother.
His father was originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. He made it as a footballer but his family would later struggle to make ends meet as a result of poverty.
While growing up, the young Lukaku was expected by his parents to read his books more than play football. Nevertheless, his interest in the sport was too much that he did not only follow and watch as many English premier league matches as possible but also played on his own.
The video game he played was also football. Soon, his parents who had earlier objected to him playing football allowed him and his brother to go ahead.
Family and Girlfriend
As indicated, Romelu Lukaku was born into a football playing family as his father, Roger Lukaku was also a footballer who played for the Zaire national team as well as for a number of clubs such as KV Mechelen and Oostende which he last played for in 1999.
He is very close to his mother, Adolphine Lukaku and she has been instrumental in all his moves to different clubs.
The Belgian star also has a younger brother, who is also a footballer named Jordan Lukaku. Born on 25 July 1994, the younger Lukaku plays as a left back for the Belgian national team as well as for the Italian Club Lazio. Just as his elder brother, Jordan Lukaku has also made the Belgium provisional list ahead of the World Cup in Russia.
Lukaku has been in a number of relationships thus far even as he is still not married. The first woman that the former Everton striker was known to have dated publicly was Julia Vandenweghe. The last time the two were known to be together was in 2015.
Apart from being a former model who has a good social media presence, there is nothing much that is known about Julia Vandenweghe. The next woman that Romelu Lukaku would date was Sarah Mens and the two are still dating. The first time they were linked to each other was in 2017.
Club Football Career
As regards his youth club career, Lukaku began with Rupel Boom when he was just six. He remained there until 2003 when he made a move to KFC Wintam where he remained for a year before moving to Lierse for another 2 years. By the time he was done, he moved to Anderlecht.
In 2009 he got promoted to the Anderlecht senior team where he played for two seasons before the English side Chelsea came for him.
He remained with the English club from 2011 to 2014, but most of the time was spent on loan to West Bromwich Albion and Everton which decided to make the deal permanent in 2014. By the time he was leaving the club in 2017, he had already recorded 53 goals in 110 appearances for the club. More so, he became the first Everton player since the club’s legendary Dixie Dean to net in 25 goals in two consecutive seasons.
He moved to Manchester United F.C. in 2017 after rejecting a Chelsea bid. By the end of their 2017/2018 season, Romelu Lukaku had already scored 16 goals for the Red Devils after 34 matches.
Through his stay in the English league thus far, he has won a number of accolades including the PFA Team of the Year for the 2016/2017 season and the Everton Player of the Season in the same season.
National Football Career
Looking at his national career, the Belgian forward first wore the jersey of the country as an Under-15 player in 2008. He played at the under-18 level in 2011 and then at the under-21 level in 2009.
The Manchester United striker got the opportunity to play for the Belgian senior team in 2010. Before being called for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, Lukaku had already won the Belgian national colours 66 times and he has seen the back of the net 33 times. In the process, he became Belgium’s all-time record goalscorer for the Belgian Red Devils although before the world cup FIFA, was still recording him to only have 28 goals.
At the tournament in Russia, Lukaku netted in four goals to help the Red Devils take home the bronze medal. He was one of the best strikers at the event where he played 6 of the teams 7 games in which it only lost a game to France in the semi-finals.
Height, Weight, and Body Stats
Lukaku has often been compared to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba for his strength and style of football. As a striker, he has always taken advantage of his height and build as well as speed to net goals. With an athletic build, the Belgian star has a height of 6 feet 2′ inches (1.90m) and a weight of 221 lbs (100.2 kg).
One of the fittest soccer players out there, his other body stats measures thus:
- Chest: 45½ in (116 cm)
- Arms/Biceps: 15½ in (39½ cm)
- Waist: 33 in (84 cm).