Romelu Lukaku (born 13 May 1993) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Premier League club Everton and the Belgium national team. He is one of only five players to score 50 Premier League goals before his 23rd birthday.
Lukaku started his career with local side Rupel Boom, before joining Lierse, where he earned a move to Anderlecht of the Belgian Pro League in 2006. Lukaku made his professional debut while still at school at the age of 16, and became the 2009–10 top scorer in Belgium as Anderlecht won the Belgian championship.
He also won the Belgian Ebony Shoe in 2011. In August 2011, Lukaku joined English club Chelsea for a fee reported to be around €12 million (£10 million), rising to €20 million (£17 million) in add-ons. Lukaku was given the number 18 shirt and signed a five-year contract.
He made his home debut in a 3–1 victory over Norwich City in the 83rd minute, coming on as a substitute for Fernando Torres. He did not appear regularly in his first season there, and spent the following two seasons on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton respectively, signing permanently for the latter for a club record £28 million in 2014.
Lukaku was assigned the number 10 shirt and scored his first goal as a permanent player on 13 September, against his former club West Bromwich Albion. Lukaku chose not to celebrate the goal, and was applauded by the West Bromwich Albion fans for his sign of respect.
On 19 February 2015, Lukaku scored his first Everton hat-trick in a 4–1 win for Everton against BSC Young Boys in the UEFA Europa League last 32; he struck with a header, a right-foot shot and a left-foot shot. He added another two goals in a 3–1 win in the second leg a week later. With eight goals, he was the tournament’s joint highest scorer that season, alongside Alan of FC Red Bull Salzburg.
Lukaku made his senior international debut for Belgium in 2010, and has since earned over 50 caps. He has also represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
Lukaku is a left-footed player, who in 2014 was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe. Lukaku has also been known to use his physicality to get around defenders.
In addition to his native French and Dutch, Lukaku can speak fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish, and a Congolese Swahili dialect, and can also understand German.
Lukaku has stated that his childhood hero and biggest idol was Didier Drogba.
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