Romelu Lukaku’s playing style is a combination of strength and technique. At 6’4″ and with some serious muscle in his frame, the Belgian is often compared to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.
And now, the Ivorian himself has spoken up on this. As part of BBC’s World Cup coverage as an expert, Drogba recounted how much the 25-year-old was in awe of himself.
The legendary striker revealed: “I spoke to him when he was really young, I was on the phone to Vincent Kompany and he said ‘listen there is this kid who wants to talk to you’.
“And so he came on the phone and he said ‘Didier I watch all your games,’ and then a few years later he was signing for Chelsea.
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“Then at Chelsea, I was on the message table, and he came up next to me and said ‘you are my hero, when you used to play for Marseille I used to look up to you. I can tell you which boots you were wearing in which game, and which minute you scored this goal’.
“I remember it very well. He said ‘I remember it because I was nine at that time’! I was 34. Like, man. Time flies.”
Lukaku struck 16 times in the Premier League for the Red Devils last season. It took him a while to settle into life at Old Trafford, but he was crucial to United’s second-place finish in the league with all said and done.
The imposing no. 9 has already bagged 4 goals in 2 World Cup 2018 appearances. Belgium have a solid squad this time around, and they’ve won both their group games by commanding margins by relying on Lukaku’s goal-scoring threat.
He is, however, an injury doubt with external ligament damage for their game against England. The southpaw suffered this niggle in the midst of their second group game against Tunisia.