Inter and Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku revealed the struggles his family faced during his childhood and the sacrifices his parents made for both him and his brother.
Romelu Lukaku is currently starring with Inter in Serie A, bagging three goals in three games this season, after scoring 34 goals across all competitions as the Nerazzurri finished runners up in the Italian top flight and the Europa League over the last campaign. “Every day he taught me about discipline right mentality on both the training pitch and in life,” Lukaku told La Gazzetta della Sport. “He taught me about having respect for everyone you see, saying hello, looking people in the eye. They’re really simple things, but they help me every day.
Lukaku started his professional career at Anderlecht, signing a deal with the Belgian side on May 13, 2009, when he turned 16 years old. “He had videos of his goals and there was this one against Anderlecht that stuck in my head because he scored it against my favourite team in Belgium,” Lukaku added. “I was desperate to play for them and it was one of my dreams that came true.”
The forward also spoke of his mother and how she fought for her family in their hardest moments. “When my father stopped playing professionally, I was six and my mum was diagnosed with diabetes,” Lukaku recounted. “We went through a few hard years. My mum didn’t have any money so she would work in restaurants and my brother and I would go with her after matches. “My parents wouldn’t have dinner so that my brother and I could eat.”
The Belgian went on to say that he wants to do right by his mother for all she did for him. “Every time I score,” Lukaku remembered. “I make the sign of an ‘A’ to dedicate it to my mother, Adolphine, because without her I wouldn’t be who I am today.”