The situation in Inter Milan radically changed once Nerazzuri signed Romelu Lukaku. Without any hesitation, we can now say that his arrival at Giuseppe Meazza was a turning point for the three-time European champions.
The Belgian international turned this club upside down, becoming the most important player in its unit and one of the most prolific scorers in Italy seen over the last few decades.
Inter became a true powerhouse, winning the Serie A title while dethroning Juventus after eight long years, and Lukaku needs to be the most credited for this. It is no wonder why Nerazzurri’s No.9 is one of the most popular football jerseys in the world.
In 94 matches for Inter, he scored 63 goals and had 16 assists, creating numerous chances for his teammates and helping the team in defensive assignments. Lukaku is among the top players in Europe, and it’s no wonder why we can find his name on Ballon d’Or’s favorites list.
According to football betting odds, the Belgian is not among the top five candidates but is close with odds to win the award at 16/1.
PSG’s youngster Kylian Mbappe is the no.1 on the list at 7/2, with Lionel Messi at 15/4 and Robert Lewandowski at 4/1 pretty close behind the French sensation. Cristiano Ronaldo is 8/1, while another youngster, Erling Haaland, sits at 9/1, the same as Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes.
If he manages to do this, Lukaku will become the first winner from Belgium, which is pretty astonishing, having in mind all the great players this European country had.
Right now, their national team is probably the best one in history, with solid chances of winning the EURO 2020, and Lukaku is their essential link on the field next to Kevin De Bruyne.
The Red Devils, as the fans call this team, are the third favorite for winning the continental championship, with the odds at 6/1.
England with 18/4 and France 5/1 are slightly ahead, while Germany 7/1, Spain 15/2, and Portugal 8/1 follow Roberto Martinez’s side. Many experts disagree with these odds, suggesting that this crew is, in fact, the best team in the entire tournament.
In 91 matches, he scored 59 goals which is an astonishing pace for a guy playing at that level. Also, we need to say that Martinez has world-class strikers at his disposal, but his primary choice is always Lukaku, who cemented his spot in the starting 11.
Belgium’s style of play is offensive-minded, which suits the 28-year old striker perfectly. He has very gifted midfielders behind him who are perfectly supplying him with useful passes, and on the other hand, Lukaku himself is opening chances for them as well.
Because of all this, he and Harry Kane are the top two favorites for winning the Golden Boot at EURO 2020. The odds for both of them to finish first are the same 7/1, while Mbappe comes after 9/1. Cristiano Ronaldo is 10/1, and Karim Benzema 16/1. Oranje’s Memphis Depay is 20/1 and Antoine Griezmann is 22/1.
It will be quite nice to see the battle of all these guys, and we just can’t wait for the tournament to start. By the way, Belgium starts EURO 2020 against Russia on June 12 in Saint Petersburg.
Inter’s fans will have a chance to see a lot of action, especially with their favorites involved. Yet, there is something that frightens them when talking about Lukaku – transfer window.
After having two marvelous seasons in Italy, the Belgian is once again on the radar of the elite European teams, who are lacking quality strikers in recent times. Man City, Man United, Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, all these teams have problems at the striker position or will have after this summer.
That is why they’ve closely monitored Lukaku and his performances. If he continues to shine throughout EURO 2020, we just might expect to see some of these clubs going after him, which will be a big headache for both Inter’s fans and the board.