Thursday April 9 2020
When Lukaku met Adriano

Romelu Lukaku had a “dream come true” when speaking to his idol Adriano today, as they discussed their Inter debuts, playing at San Siro and why they’d “score 70 goals” playing together.

Lukaku has always said that one of his heroes growing up was Adriano, so the official Inter Instagram account managed to get them having a conversation today.

“This is a dream come true for me,” said Lukaku. “He was my idol as a child and did great things for both Inter and Brazil. Imagine if we got to play together, we’d score 70 goals per season! I’d love to follow your footsteps here at Inter.”

Adriano asked how the Belgian was settling in and why he had chosen the Nerazzurri when leaving Manchester United.

“When the opportunity came to go to Italy, I only thought about Inter. I was in love with the team that won all those Cups with its great strikers. The first week was complicated, because Serie A is very tactical, so I had to get to know the movements.

“I wanted to go to Inter after England, as I was curious to experience the football here. The first European Final I saw was the 1998 UEFA Cup, that incredible Ronaldo performance… I always thought, if I had to go to Italy, I’d play for Inter.

“After the situation I had in England, it was important for me to join a club that would help support me. I am happy here and so is my family.”

The two forwards exchanged their first impressions of playing at the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.

“I was anxious, it was a dream come true and the fans gave me a warm welcome. I looked more at them than the ball,” confessed Adriano.

“That’s true!” replied Lukaku. “I first looked up at my family in the stands, then the fans, only later at the pitch.”

Adriano wished his ‘heir’ well in the Nerazzurri jersey.

“You’ve taken my place! I am happy that Inter signed you, as you’re a great forward and I wish you the best. Inter is like a family and a player feels that. I expect great things from you!”

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