Romelu Lukaku may not have actually broken Belgium's goal record - here's why

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After a barren spell in front of goal for Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku was probably one of the only people excited about November's international break.

The Belgian striker has excelled leading the line for his country, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Dries Mertens supplying him with a load of chances.

The Red Devils took part in two friendly matches after coasting through their World Cup qualifying group and Roberto Martinez used most of his stars across the two games.

On Friday evening, Belgium played out an exciting 3-3 draw wit Mexico and predictably, Lukaku once among the goals, notching a second half brace.

That supposedly equaled the all-time scoring record for his country and his strike in the 1-0 win over Japan last night was meant to put him out on his own.

However, while he may personally see himself as the record holder, football's governing body FIFA do not see it that way.


As reported by ESPN, the Man United man's record still reads 28 goals on official documentation, because FIFA fail to acknowledge a friendly match between Belgium and Luxembourg.

In that 2014 game before the World Cup, Lukaku netted a hat trick in a 5-1 win, but due to the fact that Belgium made one more substitution than the permitted six, FIFA have simply wiped it from the records.


Adnan Januzaj's official debut - which was made in that game - has also been wiped.

Maybe Belgium should think about deleting their congratulatory tweet to Lukaku...


One thing is for certain, Lukaku should break the record in the next 12 months if he avoids serious injury.

It's pretty amazing that the 24-year-old is already up there for the record and by the time his international career is over, he probably will have doubled his current official tally with ease.


"I've improved my movement, especially in the box," Lukaku told Belgian outlet DH.

Belgium v Japan - International Friendly

"Two years ago, at Everton, Roberto Martinez made me watch videos of my own movement, but also those of other strikers like Hugo Sanchez, Edinson Cavani and Chicharito (Javier Hernandez).

"You need to sit down and watch the Uruguayan's movement inside the box. It's incredible. On top of that, I worked three times a week on my runs inside the box with my coaches."

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