Legendary former Inter, Roma, Real Madrid, and Sampdoria forward Antonio Cassano really felt for Inter striker Romelu Lukaku’s struggles at the World Cup with Belgium.
Speaking on Christian Vieri’s YouTube channel, via FCInter1908, Cassano expressed sympathy for the Nerazzurri striker, who was unable to make the difference for his national team despite no lack of effort.
Lukaku had been desperate to make an impact for Belgium at the World Cup in Qatar, as the 29-year-old has long been one of the key players for his national side.
However, fitness and form always looked likely to be difficult for the Belgian to attain heading into the tournament given his lengthy injury struggles.
In the end, Lukaku played for the entire second half of Belgium’s do-or-die group stage match against Croatia yesterday but was unable to score or assist a goal as his lack of form caught up with him, and the 29-year-old made no effort to hide his disappointment and frustration after the match.
“On a personal level I feel terrible for Lukaku,” Cassano said after the match, “I can’t say anything about him today.”
“You know what my view of him is as a footballer,” he continued, “but yesterday my heart ached seeing him like that, hitting the bench in frustration.”