Born: May 13, 1993
Place of Birth: Antwerp, Belgium
Zodiac Sign: Taurus
Romelu Menama Lukaku Bolingoli (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈroːmeːlu luˈkaːku]; born 13 May 1993) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays as a striker for English club Manchester United and the Belgium national team.
Born in Antwerp, Lukaku began his professional career at Belgian Pro League club Anderlecht in 2009, where he made his senior debut, at age 16. In his first season, he completed the campaign as the league's top goalscorer, and won the league championship. Following similar individual success in his second season, highlighted by his win of the Belgian Ebony Shoe, Lukaku relocated to England to transfer to Premier League club Chelsea in 2011, for a fee of £10 million (€12 million).
Lukaku featured sparingly in his first campaign at Chelsea, and instead, he decided to depart on loan at fellow league club West Bromwich Albion in 2012. Lukaku shone with the team, registering 17 league goals, and guided the club to an unlikely eighth-place finish. However, after no further reassurances over playing time, he again departed on loan, this time to Everton, in 2013. After finishing the season with 15 league goals and helping Everton reach a club-record points tally, he joined the team in a permanent deal worth a club-record fee of £28 million in 2014.
After three successful individual campaigns on Merseyside, which included an appearance in the 2016–17 PFA Team of the Year, Lukaku signed for Manchester United in 2017, for an initial fee of £75 million. This transfer made him the most expensive Belgian player of all time.
A Belgian international, Lukaku has played 79 games for his country, and registered 45 goals, making him Belgium's all-time top goalscorer. Lukaku made his senior international debut for Belgium in 2010, at age 17, and has since represented his country at three major tournaments, including two FIFA World Cups and one UEFA European Championship. At the 2018 World Cup, Lukaku led Belgium to a third place finish by finishing as the joint second-highest goalscorer, and won the Bronze Boot.
Personal Life and Family
Lukaku was born in Antwerp, Belgium to Congolese parents. His father, Roger Lukaku, played professional football and was capped at international level by Zaire. He has a younger brother named Jordan, who has progressed through the youth academy at Anderlecht and currently plays for Lazio in Italy. His cousin Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo plays as a left-sided winger or defender for Austria's Rapid Vienna.
Lukaku was the subject of a television documentary series called De School Van Lukaku (Lukaku's School) shown on the Dutch-speaking Eén network. The reality show followed the teenage Lukaku and his classmates during the course of a year at the Saint-Guidon Institute, a school in Brussels, where the footballer was based while with the Anderlecht youth team. In 2009, the series followed the school as it made a field trip to London, visiting Chelsea's Stamford Bridge ground. Lukaku said at the time, "What a stadium. If one day in my life I will cry, it will be the day I play here. I love Chelsea." 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 his childhood hero and biggest idol was Didier Drogba.