Romelu Lakuku confident of proving himself
Romelu Lakuku admits he will not be a true striking great until he proves himself in the Champions League.
The Manchester United hitman, 24, will lead their attack in Europe’s premier competition next season after signing from Everton this summer for an initial £75million.
But, despite the big-money price tag, Belgium ace Lukaku admits he has a long way to go before he can be considered as one of the continent’s top talents.
Asked if he can one day match the likes of Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, Lukaku said: “Of course — but it’s about winning trophies at the end of the day.
“I’m a goalscorer, I’ve always scored goals throughout my career.
“Now the Champions League is the next stage where I have to prove myself and the club also wants to do well.
“I’m far from that level. It’s what I want to aim for. But it’s all about the team and winning trophies.
“There is always room to improve. I just want to become the best player I can be — I’ll never say that I’m good enough.
“I’m 24, I can’t say I’m the complete package. I can’t say I’m in my prime.
“There is a lot of work to be done and I’m delighted there is still work to be done. That means I can become even better than I am.
“I’m not a guy who is satisfied quickly. It’s a pressure I put on myself. When you play for United, you have to perform every week.”
Lukaku is a major piece in Jose Mourinho’s jigsaw as United bid to claim their first Premier League title since 2013.
Four successive pre-season wins over LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City and Real Madrid have increased optimism in the Old Trafford squad — with Lukaku already scoring twice.