Romelu Lukaku pinpoints what he and Cristiano Ronaldo 'envy' about each other, claiming the Belgium and Inter striker isn't talked about as a "world class" player, instead focusing on his form.
On Sunday at 6 pm, Belgium and Portugal will face off in the Round of 16 match.
“It was exceptional winning the Scudetto in a great season, but I don’t think Ronaldo’s presence really motivated me,” said the Inter forward in his press conference.
Ronaldo was named Capocannoniere for a Juventus team that finished fourth in the Italian league with 29 goals, while the Nerazzurri won Serie A.
“I have progressed a great deal, but always try to give more. Everyone talks about form, but I think it’s more that I have stepped up a level in my career and now I’m trying to make another step. The objective is to win the Euros with Belgium.
Lukaku was asked what aspects of Ronaldo's game he admires and what he thinks CR7 would like to learn from him.
“I’d like to have Ronaldo’s dribbling skills and his shot. I think he’d like my power and the way I play with my back to the goal.”
“When people talk about Robert Lewandowski, Karim Benzema or Harry Kane, they are called ‘world class’ – but when it comes to me, it’s just considered ‘good form.’
“That motivated me to work harder and get stronger. Now I believe that I belong in that list of world class players.”
Lukaku was asked what aspects of Ronaldo's game he admires and what he thinks CR7 would like to learn from him. This season, the 28-year-old scored 30 goals and added 10 assists in 44 competitive appearances for Inter.
In 36 Serie A games, he scored 24 goals, including four in the Champions League and two in the Coppa Italia. Lukaku has already established himself as Belgium's all-time leading scorer, with 63 goals in just 96 senior appearances.