KICKING UP A STORM: Romelu Lukaku at a recent match against Tottenham Hotspur at their home ground
IT TOOK more than 10 years for an Everton Football Club (FC) player to take-up former star player Duncan Ferguson’s award-winning mantle for scoring the largest amount of goals for the northern Premier League team. Belgium import Romelu Lukaku has not only broken Ferguson’s record this month, but has just been announced the highest-paid player at the Liverpool-based club.
The 23-year-old has been a permanent fixture with ‘the blues’ for just three years, a period in which he appeared over 100 times less-often than the Scottish veteran player-turned-coach passing on the award.
A respectable number seven in the league, Everton has another reason to be proud in light of Lukaku’s astonishing performance on the pitch, which includes scoring at least 80 goals on behalf of ‘the dogs of war’.
The star player has just signed-up for at five more years with Everton, meaning his pay packet has doubled in size and is now worth approximately £140,000 per week which is more than any other member has received. Upon signing in 2014 after being on loan from Chelsea, Lukaku was given a golden handshake worth £28,000,000 which was also a record amount for Everton to give addition to the team.
HIGH FLYER: Romelu Lukaku after beating Sunderland at Goodison Park this month
Lukaku is no stranger to smashing records. At just 16 years-old, the then-schoolboy netted the largest amount of goals in Belgium for his former team Anderlecht, who won the Belgian championship with his help.
The achievements of the Belgium-born blues boy should come as no suprise given his family’s football pedigree. Dad Roger was a professional footballer for Zaire and cousin Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is currently positioned at Club Brugge. It seems as thought younger brother Jordan will follow the Lukaku tradition after training with the Anderlecht’s youth academy.
Whether or not he considers himself a direct role model for his brother, Lukaku has been open about the fact that his childhood dream was to play for his former club Chelsea and about the respect he holds for his own role model; fellow Chelsea alumnus Didier Drogba.
Speaking with Sky Sports, the young forward said:
"Obviously I want to win the biggest trophies there are, as much as I can, but for me I have to keep on going like I am.
"I don't want to peak too early, I want to keep on getting better year after year.”
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