Romelu Lukaku has really got his career back on track with Inter Milan after a sub-par spell with Manchester United.
With 17 goals in just 25 Serie A games, football fans are recognising once again that the Belgian is one of the best strikers on the planet.
However, Lukaku’s talents off the field are just as impressive as his knack for finding the back of the net on the pitch.
That’s because the 26-year-old is a firm advocate of multilingualism and can speak EIGHT different languages.
After his move to Inter, Lukaku was determined to learn Italian and after just two-and-a-half months, he was able to conduct a full post-match interview in the language.
Language barriers are often a daunting task for players – and a hefty chunk of the world’s population – but not for Lukaku.
According to ESPN, the Belgian grew up in his homeland speaking French at home and Flemish at school.
He is also able to communicate with his Congolese relatives in Lingala, a Bantu language spoken throughout the northwestern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a large part of the Republic of the Congo.
Lukaku can also speak English, Spanish, Portuguese and German, despite never having played professional football in the latter three countries.
His grasp of Portuguese surprised everyone at the 2018 World Cup, with Lukaku conducting a whole post-match interview in the language after Belgium’s quarter-final victory over Brazil.
The guy really is the perfect role model.
Lukaku’s linguistic achievements really are quite remarkable and fellow players should attempt to follow suit.
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