- Apr 27, 2013
Romelu Menama Lukaku is a Belgian footballer of Congolese descent, who plays as a striker for Premier League club West Bromwich Albion on loan from Chelsea, and the Belgium national team. Wikipedia
Born: May 13, 1993 (age 20), Antwerp
Weight: 100 kg
Height: 1.90 m
Parents: Roger Lukaku
Salary: 2.4 million EUR (2011)
Siblings: Jordan Lukaku
Lukaku joined his local team Rupel Boom at the age of five. After four seasons at Rupel Boom, Lukaku was discovered by scouts of Lierse SK, a Belgian Pro League team with an established youth academy. He played for Lierse from 2004 until 2006, scoring 121 goals in 68 games. After Lierse were relegated from the Belgian Pro League, Anderlecht bought no less than 13 youth players from Lierse in the 2006 mid-season, one of which was Lukaku. He played three more years as a youth player with Anderlecht, scoring 131 goals in 93 games.
Lukaku was a member of the Belgium under-21 team and scored a goal on his debut against Slovenia. On 24 February 2010, Lukaku was named for the first time in the Belgium squad for the friendly against Croatia. On 17 November 2010, he scored his first two international goals in the friendly match against Russia.
Lukaku scored his first goal in almost two years for the national team, netting the winner in a 4-2 friendly victory over rivals the Netherlands on 15 August 2012.
Lukaku was born in Antwerp, a city in northern Belgium. 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. Lukaku was the subject of an acclaimed 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..”