Lukaku on cusp of equaling Ronaldo’s Inter debut season tally

Rome, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- In 1998 Ronaldo Nazario won the Uefa Cup with Inter Milan and his goal against Lazio that day saw him close his first season with the Italian club with a tally of 34 in all.

On Friday Inter will face Sevilla in the Europa Cup final and this time it falls to Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku, who has a chance to overtake the milestone set by the milestone set by the Brazilian legend 22 years ago.

Ivan Zamorano, Javier Zanetti and Ronaldo all scored in the 1998 final at the Parc de Princes, securing Inter’s third Uefa Cup to crown an unforgettable decade for the club.

Lukaku and Lautaro Martínez could now add a fourth trophy to the cabinet.

The Belgian signed for Inter last summer from Manchester United for a fee of some $81 million at the behest of manager Antonio Conte, who had unsuccessfully tried to sign the striker during his time in charge of Chelsea.

His impact has been palpable.

He outshone Mauro Icardi, who has since moved to Paris Saint-Germain, and has bagged a goal tally of 33 in all competitions, 24 in the Serie A, two in the Coppa Italia and five in the Europa League so far.

He heads into the final in Cologne on Friday in top form. He helped the team brush past Getafe, Bayer Leverkusen and bagged a brace against Shakhtar Donetsk on Monday in Inter’s 5-0 rout.

His physical strength combined with his speed have combined to make him almost unplayable at the moment.

The defensive line at Leverkusen and Shakhtar were unable to get a handle on him.

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