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Lukaku Reveals His Footballing Idol

Manchester United's second most expensive signing ever, Romelu Lukaku, has revealed who his footballing idol when he was growing up was.

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The Belgium international made the move to Old Trafford from Merseyside club Everton in a deal worth £75 million (R1.25 billion) at the beginning of the season.

Lukaku has now explained that he has an affinity for Brazilian players, and looked up to former Inter Milan superstar Adriano.

"I really like Brazilian players," the Belgian told ESPN Brazil.

"When I was little, Adriano was my great idol, because when I was little, I had the same qualities as him.

"Very strong, our shooting with the left was the same. I hope he's going to play again because he's a good player. For me, he's an idol. I like him a lot."

The 24-year-old also touched on why he decided to join Manchester United instead of his former side Chelsea at the beginning of the campaign.

"Because before I had a dream of playing for the manager, Jose Mourinho. When I was little, at the age of 11, I was at Chelsea," Lukaku added.

"I was talking to my mum and dad that I wanted to play for him because I really like his personality as a manager.

"He won many titles for Chelsea and Porto, and now I'm very happy that I work with him, because he's a manager who knows what he needs to do to win the match and, with him, I learn a lot."

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Lukaku has made 36 appearances across all competitions for the Red Devils so far this season, scoring 19 goals and assisting six further strikes.

Are you surprised by Lukaku's choice of footballing idol when he was younger? Have your say in the comments section below.  

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