Romelu Lukaku has reportedly been nicknamed ‘Rocky’ by his Manchester United teammates due to his incredible work rate and dedication in training.
The Belgian is a role model as to how a player should be when given a chance to play for a big club. He has never taken his place at United for granted, and has been constantly striving to be better. Since his arrival from Everton last summer, he has bulked up incredibly and has never let up.
According to a source at Carrington, the soon to be 25-year-old is eager to be at his best physically for the World Cup.
He also understands that he will miss a majority, if not all of United’s pre-season games, and is ‘trying to kill two birds with one stone’.
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Hence, his team-mates have compared his physique and dedication to training to Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone’s famous character ‘Rocky’.
The source told The Sun: ‘He has been absolutely smashing training and wants to be peak for the World Cup and Belgium.
‘He’s one of the first in for the warm-up on the bikes and is then hitting the gym for an hour after normal training has finished. They say he is more ripped than normal at present and knows he isn’t going to have a full pre-season this summer.
‘He is trying to kill two birds with one stone. Jose is obviously loving it, as it is setting a firm message out to the others. He is is full on “Rocky” training mode and seems to be preparing more for 12 rounds of boxing than a game of football.’