Romelu Lukaku dedicated his second goal to his mother in a touching celebration during Belgium’ s 3 – 0 victory over Panama on Monday . He said it was in fulfillment of his promise to his mother .The striker, who is Belgium’ s record scorer at the age of 25 sent a message to his mother during his celebration .
Speaking about his tough upbringing before Belgium’ s opener , Lukaku told The Players ’ Tribune : “ There were even times when my mum had to ‘ borrow ’ bread from the bakery down the street .
“ The bakers knew me and my little brother , so they’ d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.
“ I knew we were struggling. But when she was mixing in water with the milk , I realised it was over , you know what I mean ? This was our life . I didn ’ t say a word . I didn ’ t want her to stress . I just ate my lunch .
“ But I swear to God , I made a promise to myself that day . It was like somebody snapped their fingers and woke me up . I knew exactly what I had to do , and what I was going to do.
“ I couldn’ t see my mother living like that . Nah , nah, nah. I couldn ’ t have that .
“ People in football love to talk about mental strength . Well , I ’ m the strongest dude you ’ re ever going to meet . Because I remember sitting in the dark with my brother and my mum , saying our prayers , and thinking , believing , knowing … it ’ s going to happen .
“ I kept my promise to myself for a while . But then , some days , I ’ d come home from school and find my mum crying .
“ So . I finally told her one day , ‘ Mum , it ’ s gonna change . You ’ ll see . I ’ m going to play football for Anderlecht, and it ’ s going to happen soon .
“‘We ’ ll be good . You won ’ t have to worry anymore . ’”
Lukaku was born in Antwerp — a city in northern Belgium — to Congolese parents .
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