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Romelu Lukaku Insists He Never Wants to Be Compared to Cristiano Ronaldo

By Amreen
Lukaku refuses to be compared with Ronaldo
Lukaku refuses to be compared with Ronaldo / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

Romelu Lukaku has insisted there is no point comparing him with Portuguese legend Cristiano Ronaldo as he is among the three best footballers in the history of the beautiful game.

Ronaldo scored his 110th and 111th international goals this week and made a shock return to Manchester United last week, while Lukaku returned to Chelsea earlier this summer. The Belgian has scored 66 times for his coutry, and hopes to catch Ronaldo some day, but admitted any talk comparing him to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner is premature.

"Don't ever compare me to Cristiano Ronaldo, never," Lukaku said at a press conference ahead of Belgium's World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic on Sunday – a game in which he is set to earn his 100th cap.

"Cristiano Ronaldo is, for me, in the top three best players in the history of football," he continued.

"I'm not going to rank him from first to third but he's in there. What he has achieved in football today for players of my generation is something exceptional.

"I was lucky enough to play against him in Italy and now that he's back in the Premier League, it's all good for English football. As for the rest, comparing statistics and all that, it's useless."

With his two goals in Belgium's 5-2 win over Estonia on Thursday, Lukaku extended his lead at the top of the Red Devils' all-time top scorers list, with Eden Hazard and Bernard Voorhoof second and third with 32 and 30 goals respectively.