Belgian striker Romelu was simply unstoppable in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers, spearheading his national team to finish top of their group in sensational fashion. With 14 goals, he smashed the competition's scoring record. We break down the keys stats behind his blistering campaign.
A Four-Goal Blitz for the History Books
In Belgium's final qualifier against Azerbaijan, Lukaku etched his name into the record books by bagging an incredible four first-half goals. It marked the first time in history a Belgian player scored four in one half for their country. It was also Lukaku's first international 'poker' - adding to a highlight reel already containing three prior hat tricks.
Surpassing Legends in the European Record Books
With his quartet of goals against Azerbaijan, Lukaku boosted his Euro qualifiers total to 21 goals, surging past legendary European strikers like Raul and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. In the process, he set an all-time record for most goals scored by a player in a single Euro qualifying campaign (14).
Closing in on the Greatest International Goalscorers
Lukaku now has 83 international goals for Belgium, drawing him level with United Arab Emirates striker Ali Mabkhout as the joint 7th top men's international goalscorer of all time. Now only six players in history have scored more times for their country - an elite list featuring names like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Stats Behind Lukaku's Dominant Qualifying Displays
Lukaku attempted 24 shots in 8 qualifiers games, with a phenomenal 18 on target. 12 of his 14 goals came from inside the penalty area. He also created 7 chances and made 2 tackles despite his attacking focus. His passing accuracy reached 70%, alongside 4 completed take-ons.
With Lukaku spearheading a talented Belgian attack, few teams will relish facing them at Euro 2024 next summer. Their superstar #9 looks impossible to contain if he maintains this red-hot form.