Romelu Menama Lukaku (born 13 May 1993) is a Belgian footballer who plays as a striker for English club Everton and the Belgium national team. In January 2014, he was named by The Guardian as one of the ten most promising young players in Europe.
He started his career with local side Rupel Boom, before joining Lierse, where he earned a move to Anderlecht of the Belgian Pro League in 2006. Lukaku made his professional debut while still at school at the age of 16, and became the 2009–10 top scorer in Belgium as Anderlecht won the Belgian championship. He also won the Belgian Ebony Shoe in 2011. In the 2011 summer transfer window, Lukaku joined Premier League club Chelsea for an undisclosed fee, signing a five-year contract with the London club. He did not appear regularly in his first season there, and spent the following two on loan at West Bromwich Albion and Everton respectively, signing permanently for the latter for a club record £28 million in 2014.
Lukaku made his senior international debut for Belgium in 2010, and has since earned over 30 caps. He represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Lukaku joined his local team Rupel Boom at the age of five. After four seasons at Rupel Boom, Lukaku was discovered by scouts of Lierse SK, a Belgian Pro League team with an established youth academy. He played for Lierse from 2004 until 2006, scoring 121 goals in 68 games.After Lierse were relegated from the Belgian Pro League, Anderlecht bought no less than 13 youth players from Lierse in the 2006 mid-season, one of whom was Lukaku. He played three more years as a youth player with Anderlecht, scoring 131 goals in 93 games.