Romelu Lukaku Biography
Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli aka Romelu Lukaku was born on the 13th May 1993 in Antwerp. He is a Belgian International and professional footballer who currently plies his trade as a “striker” for English Club Manchester United and the Belgium National Team. This article covers Romelu Lukaku biography and other facts.
Romelu Lukaku started his football career professionally at Belgian Pro League Club Anderlecht in 2009, there he made his senior debut at age 16. He completed the campaign as the League’s top goal-scorer and won the League’s Championship in his first season. In his second season, he excelled like in his first and won the Belgian Ebony Shoe. Romelu Lukaku relocated to England and was transferred to Premiere League club- Chelsea in 2011 for a fee of £ 20 million.
Lukaku’s stay in Chelsea was brief and he featured sparingly in his first campaign at Chelsea. He later departed on a loan to a fellow league club West Bromwich Albion in 2012. Lukaku registered 17 league goals and he helped the club to an unlikely eight-place finish. He departed again on loan to Everton. He finished the season with 15 league goals and helped Everton reach a club-record points tally, after which he joined the team in a permanent deal worth a club record fee of £28 million in 2014.
Romelu Lukaku signed for premiership giants, Manchester United in 2017 after three successful and eventful individual campaigns at Merseyside, in addition to being included in the 2016-2017 PFA Team of the year. He signed for Manchester United for a fee of 90 million.
This transfer fee made him the most expensive Belgian player of all time. Lukaku has played 75 games for his country and registered 45 goals, making him Belgium’s all-time goal-scorer. In 2010, Lukaku made his senior international debut for Belgium, at age 17. He has since represented his country at three major tournament, including two FIFA World Cups and one UEFA European Championship.
At 2018 World Cup, Lukaku led Belgium to a third place by finishing as the Joint second highest goal-scorer and won a Bronze Boot.
Romelu Lukaku Football Career
Romelu Lukaku was born in Antwerp to his parents on 13 May 1993. At the age of five, Lukaku joined his local team Rupel Boom and there he was discovered by scouts of Lierse, a Belgian Pro League with an established youth academy. From 2004 until 2006, he played for Lierse, scoring 121 goals in 68 matches. On the relegation of Lierse from the Belgian Pro League, Anderlecht bought over 13 youth players from the club in the 2006 mid-season, including Lukaku. He played as a youth player for Anderlecht for three more successful years scoring 131 goals in 93 matches. Lukaku signed a professional contract with Anderlecht when he turned 16 on May 13 2009, the contract lasted until 2012. His Belgian First Division debut came on 24 May 2009, in the championship play-off match against Standard Liège as a 69th-minute substitute for defender Víctor Bernárdez, exactly eleven days after signing the contract.
Lukaku in August 2011 signed for his dream club Chelsea in a deal estimated at €20 million. He did his best was unable to secure a regular team position at the club during the season. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho then loaned him for a season to West Bromwich Albion on 10 August 2012. Despite being on a loan from Chelsea to Everton he still managed to become sixth-highest goal scorer in the season 2012-2013 netting 17 goals.
The turning point in Lukaku’s career was in 2013, he was transferred to Everton on a season loan. On his debut game at Everton, he scored a brace to help his team win against West Ham. Lukaku also scored in a game over rival Liverpool. He assisted Everton in securing the fifth place in Premier League, where he tasted the net 15 times in 31 games. On July 24 he became a permanent player of Everton signing a five-year deal for a handsome amount of £28 million, which also became a club record. During 2016-2017 season, he became Everton’s first player to score in six consecutive Premier League matches. He scored 17 goals in the season equalling his highest goal record held in his former club West Brom. His first hat-trick came against Sunderland on 12 September 2016, in the very first match of the season.
He became the 12th quickest player in the Premier League history to score a hat-trick, in 11 minutes and 37 seconds. It was his best season ever, scoring 21 goals which were the most by anyone in a single season at Everton. He became the fourth player and first foreign player to score 80 Premier League goals in his career before the age of 24.
Romelu Lukaku got transferred to the English club, Manchester United in 2017, for a transfer fee of £75 million with a five-year contract. He was signed soon after Wayne Rooney moved to Everton. Lukaku scored his first international hat-trick on 26 May in the FIFA world cup 2014 against Luxembourg. At UEFA Euro 2016, he scored a brace in Belgium’s 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in second group stage match win on 18 June 2016. Romelu Lukaku earns a handsome amount of money through his endorsements such as Kinder Bueno and Nike.
On 20 April 2017, for the first time, Romelu Lukaku was named in the PFA Team of the Year. He also earned a spot on the six-player shortlists for the PFA Player of the Year. In addition, he also featured on the list of PFA Young Player of the Year awards.
Romelu Lukaku Parents
Romelu Lukaku was born in Antwerp to Congolese parents Roger Lukaku and Adolphine Lukaku. His father, Roger Lukaku, played professional football and was capped at international level by Zaire. He has a younger brother named Jordan, who through the youth academy at Anderlecht has progressed and currently plays for Lazio in Italy. Romelo Lukaku has a cousin Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo who plays as a left-sided winger or defender for Austria’s Rapid Vienna. Lukaku though Dutch and French, can also speak fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and a Congolese Swahili dialect, and can also understand German.
Romelu Lukaku Religion
Romelu Lukaku is a practising Roman Catholic. He made the pilgrimage to Lourdes in 2014 and he does not drink alcohol.
Romelu Lukaku Net worth 2021
Romelu Lukaku net worth is a currently estimated at $20 million.
Romelu Lukaku Honours And Awards
- Belgian Pro League: 2009–10
- FIFA World Cup third place: 2018
- Belgian Sportsman Promising Talent of the Year: 2009
- Belgian Bronze Shoe: 2009
- Belgian Pro League top scorer: 2009–10
- Belgian Silver Shoe: 2010
- Ebony Shoe: 2011
- UEFA Europa League top scorer: 2014–15
- Everton Young Player of the Season: 2015–16
- Everton Goal of the Season: 2015–16
- Premier League Player of the Month: March 2017
- PFA Team of the Year: 2016–17 Premier League
- Everton Player of the Season: 2016–17
- Everton Players’ Player of the Season: 2016–17
- PFA Fans’ Player of the Month: August/September 2017
- FIFA FIFPro World XI 3rd team: 2018
- FIFA FIFPro World XI 4th team: 2017
- FIFA World Cup Bronze Boot: 2018