Romelu Lukaku was subject to much abuse and ridicule for failing to produce top-notch performances in big, decisive matches for Manchester United. There was much negativity surrounding him after his inclusion in the Belgium national team and many questioned whether he can deliver at the highest footballing platform. Fast forward few weeks, two FIFA World Cup 2018 matches have been played and Romelu Lukaku has emerged an absolute force of nature which opposition defenders are failing to contain.
Coming from a two-goal haul in the Panama match, it took just 16 minutes for Romelu Lukaku to announce his attacking prowess to Tunisia and take his world cup goal tally to 3. In another couple of minutes, the towering centre-forward piled more misery on the opposition and became the joint-top scorer in the current world cup.
The former Everton man was benched in the 58th minute, had he played the rest of the match, he could have easily become the top scorer in the tournament given the terrific form he is in.
Lukaku simply looks unstoppable at the moment and from being written off, he has emerged as the favourite to take away the Golden Shoe in Russia.
The 25-year-old has now scored 40 goals for his country in 71 appearances and he without a doubt has all the potential to challenge the all-time highest international goalscorers.
And as far as the ongoing world cup is concerned, Belgium’s hopes will heavily rely on their towering talisman and if he continues to keep up the fine form in the red shirt, then Belgium can certainly do the unthinkable.
Having played the minnows in Panama and Tunisia, Belgium will now face a true challenge on June 28 when they face England in the final group G fixture.