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15 years ago, 16-year-old Romelu Lukaku made his debut in a test match: ‘My journey is not over yet’

15 years ago, 16-year-old Romelu Lukaku made his debut in a test match: ‘My journey is not over yet’

Fifteen years ago today, the world of Belgian football met a man named Romelu Lukaku. In tense test matches against Standard, he was included in the Anderlecht squad as a clown to wage war with his already impressive body. Which he eventually did with gusto. Kattar left his career immediately.

24 May 2009: In the 65th minute of the second test match between Anderlecht and Standard, Ariel Jacobs threw on an unknown 16-year-old player for the Lions: Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku had turned 16 eleven days ago, making him eligible to make his debut at the highest level.

A very active Lukaku and his team-mates – including Biglia, Bosova and De Sutter – are looking to make it 1-1, which would force extra time.

The goal was not scored, although Lukaku gave his card. The following season he would immediately become the top scorer in the Jupiler Pro League.

On Instagram, Lukaku recalls his debut, with a photo of his switch with Victor Bernardes.

“I started my journey 15 years ago at Anderlecht. It was amazing.”

“In both good and bad moments, I have always been grateful to God for what He has done for my family.”

“But the journey is not over yet…”

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