Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku doesn’t want to be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo after his sensational Manchester United return.
Pundits and fans alike have drawn parallels to Ronaldo and Lukaku, with both switching the Serie A for the Premier League this summer.
Ronaldo completed a £20million move to Man United from Juventus on deadline day, 12 years after leaving the club for Real Madrid.
Lukaku returned to Chelsea from Inter Milan in a club-record £97.5m deal earlier in the summer, seven years since his move to Everton.
There has been mass debate over which striker will score more goals in their first season back in English football.
But Lukaku has laid down his weapons and urges people to refrain from comparing him with ‘one of the best’ in the 36-year-old icon.
Ahead of making his 100th Belgium cap against the Czech Republic, Lukaku suggested he doesn’t see himself on the same level as Ronaldo.
He said: “Don’t ever compare me to Cristiano Ronaldo, never. Cristiano Ronaldo is, for me, in the top three best players in the history of football. I’m not going to rank him from first to third, but he’s in there.
“What he has achieved in football today for players of my generation is something exceptional.
“I was lucky enough to play against him in Italy, and now that he’s back in the Premier League, it’s all good for English football. As for the rest, comparing statistics and all that, it’s useless.”
Lukaku is already at work in the Premier League, making two appearances since his Stamford Bridge return.
The 28-year-old netted on his second debut, helping Chelsea to a 2-0 win against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
But he was silenced in the Blues’ 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield last weekend, with Virgil van Dijk proving to be a worthy opponent.
All eyes will be on Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, despite Man United’s game against Newcastle United being untelevised.
Ronaldo is set to make his second Red Devils debut against the Magpies as United look to secure a third win in four Premier League games this season.
The Portugal international has enjoyed facing Newcastle over the years, scoring six goals and registering five assists in 11 such games.
While Lukaku has played down competition with Ronaldo, it will be interesting to see which top-class frontman finds the net more in the 2021/22 campaign.