Everton striker Romelu Lukaku joined an exclusive club of Manchester United and Liverpool legends yesterday by becoming just the fifth player to score 50 Premier League goals before the age of 23.
The 22-year-old Belgian, who still has another six months until his next birthday, brought up his half-century with this delicate header in Everton’s 4-0 thrashing of Aston Villa at Goodison Park.
Lukaku, who later bagged Everton’s fourth and his 11th of the season from a Ross Barkley pass as Roberto Martinez’s side climbed up to seventh in the table, now finds himself in outstanding company.
Liverpool icons Robbie Fowler (92) and Michael Owen (91), as well as Manchester United skipper Wayne Rooney (71) and Cristiano Ronaldo (54) are the others to have reached the landmark by the same age.
Lukaku arrived in England in 2011 but did not score for £20m suitors Chelsea – fee reported by BBC Sport. He scored 17 while on loan at West Bromwich Albion and so far has 34 for the Toffees.
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