Romelu Lukaku Calls Cristiano Ronaldo Comparison ‘useless’

Romelu Lukaku has slammed those comparing him with Manchester United and Portugal star, Cristiano Ronaldo, tagging the comparisons ‘useless'.

The Belgium national team's all-time goalscorer has been compared with Ronaldo after his recent international exploits. But he has insisted he has a lot to do before reaching the same height as Ronaldo.

Thirty-six-year-old Ronaldo made history in the mid-week when he became the highest goalscorer in men's football after his brace against the Republic of Ireland moved him two goals ahead of Iran's Ali Daei who held the record until Wednesday.

This means the Portuguese star is now on 111 international goals in his career, while Lukaku is currently on 66 for Belgium and could only be hopeful of scoring when he makes his 100th appearance for Belgium against Czech Republic later tonight.

Ahead of the Czech Republic tie, Lukaku was asked about beating Ronaldo's goalscoring record, but the 28-year old slammed the needless comparison.

“Don't ever compare me to Cristiano Ronaldo, never,” Lukaku retorted.

“Cristiano Ronaldo is, for me, in the top three best players in the history of football,” he continued. “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.”

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