What Ronaldo Told Lukaku Before He Moved To Serie A

Paul Pogba with Cristiano Ronaldo before the match.

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Disregarding the intense defensive tactics of Italian clubs, the Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku has been exhibiting a fine form in front of goal this campaign following a surprising move from the Premier League last summer.

The Belgian has spent very few time in familiarising himself with the bizarre changes one would expect to experience when shifting to Serie A from English League. The talented player is considered to be a popular addition at Inter having scored in his first two fixtures for the Italian side.

The left footer has been phenomenal, registering 12 goals to his name in the charts in Serie A league, second only to Ciro Immobile of Lazio who managed to bulge the back of the net 17 times this term.

Although he was introduced to some racial abuse after his arrival in Italy, the Belgium international hasn’t given in to his emotions, at least not on the surface evident from his lustrous performances.

Was this fluidity in terms of netting goals expected by the former Chelsea star when he signed for Internazionale? Well, for a player of his calibre, perhaps yes. However, latest reports have revealed what the goal-scoring idol Cristiano Ronaldo told the 26-year-old before he arrived at San Siro, and it indicates just the opposite.

As per Football Italia, the Inter No.9 stated that: “He [Ronaldo] told me this is the hardest defensive League in the world.

“He said he has scored goals everywhere, but this was the toughest place to do it, and if Cristiano Ronaldo thinks it’s difficult, then it must be really difficult.”

Moreover the Ballon d’Or laureate has only recorded 10 goals in Serie A this season, placed fourth on the top scorer chart. The superstar could only score 21 goals in 31 league appearances last campaign, his worst since the 2008/09 season at Old Trafford.

Therefore, it sounds reasonable why the Juventus forward handed Lukaku such an idea about their current league. Regardless, the ex-Chelsea attacker has dealt with the situation well, swiftly adapting to the new surroundings, and constantly updating his goal tally.