Belgian star Romelu Lukaku mocked his critics who questioned about his weight through an Instagram story, as he continues preparing for his competitive debut for Inter Milan. Earlier this month, some reports in Italy claimed that the former Manchester United striker was overweight with 104 kilograms upon his arrival at Inter. While, Corriere dello Sport reported that he set a target to drop below the 100kg mark in time for Inter’s Serie A opener against Lecce on August 26.
When Lukaku arrived in the first squad of Anderlecht, at the age of 16, his weight was 100 kg. (And bench pressed 100 kg)
When he joined Chelsea at the age of 18 he was 101 kg.
At Everton he played at 99-100 kg. pic.twitter.com/cKfwfkkcWG
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) August 18, 2019
Lukaku who netted four times in a warm-up game last week, has been constantly criticised over his bulky physique since he re-joined the United squad after last year’s World Cup. Former United captain Gary Neville said on Twitter last week:
“He admitted he was overweight. He is over 100kg! He’s a Manchester United player! He will score goals and do well at Inter Milan but unprofessionalism is contagious.”
In response to the criticisms, a topless Lukaku posted a selfie on an Instagram story on Saturday with the caption “Not bad for a fat boy.” The forward looks to be content about his physique, having already missed most of the pre-season training during United’s Australia and Asia trip through an ankle injury. However, sources close to him claimed that he is at his ‘perfect weight’ and also pointed out his second-place finish in maximum speed sprints during a United training session in Perth last month.