Romeu Lukaku reacts to equalling Belgium’s all-time goalscoring record

by Leo Nieboer

Romelu Lukaku has expressed his delight at becoming Belgium’s joint top scorer during a 3-3 draw with Mexico on Friday night.

The Belgian, who has gone eight games without a goal at Manchester United, saw his well-worked shot parried into Eden Hazard’s path to give the home side an early lead.

He then bundled home a close range drive to restore Belgium’s lead early in the second half before netting a smart equaliser that put him level with Paul van Himst and Bernard Voorhoof in Belgium’s all-time rankings.

Speaking after the game, Lukaku, whilst clearly pleased, made it clear that there was still work to be done.

“To achieve something like this is really good but there is a lot of work to be done like I say every day,” he said. “I’m just relishing the challenges on a weekly basis.”

“I was born for this,” the Belgian added. “I just want to score as many goals as possible. I’m glad I matched the record. I knew I’d do it. I want to break the record before 2018.”

“But I really hope that this generation wins something. I want to get a trophy for this country.”
No matter what country you play for at a senior level, whether it’s Madagascar or Germany, equalling the goalscoring record at the age of just 24 deserves enormous praise.

“It’s a dream, even if I’m a little disappointed with the result. For our fans, we should have done everything to win this game, but the Mexicans were effective.

“Paul Van Himst was someone who helped me a lot at Anderlecht. To equal his record, it is a source of pride. He remains the best Belgian player of all time and I have a lot respect for him.

“I always have confident in my ability. When you work hard it is rewarded, but the most important thing, as I always say, is the team.”

And while Van Himst and Voorhoof took 14 and 12 years respectively to notch 30 goals, Lukaku has needed just seven.

The striker notes that there is more work to do and he is exactly right. The jury is very much still out on whether he can cut it at the very highest level, but regardless of where his club career goes from here, he will always be recognised as a true Belgium legend.

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