Lukaku Keeps Promise to Late Grandfather by Firing Inter to Title

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Soccer Football – Serie A – Inter Milan v Udinese – San Siro, Milan, Italy – May 23, 2021 Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their fifth goal REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was reduced to tears on Sunday as he kept a 16-year-old promise to his late grandfather by lifting the Serie A trophy. 

The Belgian striker is Inter’s top scorer this season and struck his 30th goal of the campaign in all competitions in a 5-1 win over Udinese at San Siro. 

Inter secured their first league crown in 11 years with four games to spare, but had to wait until the final day of the season to lift the trophy.

An emotional Lukaku wore a t-shirt featuring a picture of his grandparents during the trophy presentation as he celebrated the second major honour of his career, 11 years after winning the Belgian title with Anderlecht. 

Soccer Football – Serie A – Inter Milan v Udinese – San Siro, Milan, Italy – May 23, 2021 Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku celebrate inside the stadium after winning Serie A REUTERS/Massimo Pinca

“I did not want to cry today, to be honest. The photo is of my grandparents and I was thinking about them,” Lukaku told DAZN. 

“When my grandfather passed away in 2005, I promised him that I would win something, and I have done it. I am proud of that.

“We have worked so hard to win this title. Last year we went really close, but we have taken a big step forward this season and I am proud to wear these colours.” 

Reporting by Alasdair Mackenzie; Editing by Toby Davis; Reuters

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