Wednesday April 14 2021
‘Lukaku on the same level as Haaland and Mbappé’

Former Inter and Italy striker Alessandro Altobelli is surprised by Romelu Lukaku and says he is on the same level as Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé.

Lukaku joined Inter from Manchester United in an €80m deal in 2019. He has 61 goals in 88 games with the Nerazzurri.

“At the beginning of the season, I thought he was an average player, but I was wrong,” Altobelli told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“Italy is the university of football. If you want to make a further step, you must play in Serie A,” he continued.

“Lukaku is not only capable of scoring in any way and against any opponent, but he is also a great leader who helps the team. For me, he is on the same level as Lewandowski, Haaland and Mbappé.”

Altobelli scored 209 goals in 466 games with Inter. He won one Serie A title with the Nerazzurri and the 1982 World Cup with Italy, but is Lukaku as strong as Altobelli was?

“Nice question, but we’re talking about different eras. I was among the best strikers of my generation, and now the same is true of Romelu,” the former forward concluded.