The Inter Milan striker has been named among the most lethal finishers in the world by a compatriot of his.
Romelu Lukaku is “at the level of” Erling Haaland, Robert Lewandowski, and Karim Benzema, according to former Inter Milan and Belgium star Enzo Scifo.
Struggling with consistency at the time, Lukaku lost his recognition as one of the best strikers during his spell at Manchester United. However, he was able to gain back his status and respect after moving to Serie A in 2019.
The 27-year-old found the back of the net 34 times in his debut season at Inter, breaking a couple of records in the process.
Lukaku has maintained his hot goalscoring form this season, scoring 27 times in all competitions so far. He is also battling with Cristiano Ronaldo for the Capocannoniere.
Scifo told Gazzetta dello Sport: “To think that at the time (2019) he was heavily criticized here. He was accused of lacking technique and being wasteful in front of goal, but I always knew he was a star due to his power and how he uses his left foot.
“He had to come to Italy to improve himself and luckily for him it happened, in a strong team and with a demanding coach. Find me another player as decisive as him. I knew he would score 30 goals a season.
“Conte was the right man at the right time for his maturity. He saw him, wanted him and immediately said, ‘he is my man.’ He could not have found a better coach and vice versa.
“For me he is at the level of Haaland, Lewandowski and Benzema. If Belgium win anything, they owe it to him.
“His strength is always knowing how to react to difficult moments, always looking for the next goal. Now he is in top form.”