Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has made a bold claim post World Cup in Russia. The former Everton boss says Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku is the best centre forward in the world. Martinez seems Lukaku as a better finisher than the more revered Harry Kane and Robert Lewandowski.

Lukaku, who netted four times at the World Cup, made a strong impression at the finals. His hold-up play, contribution to attack and disturbances of opposition defence helped Die Roten to the semi-finals.

Since exiting Everton in a big money move to Manchester United, his stock has increased. Martinez admitted that he was biased but conferred the title of best striker in the world to his player. Martinez explained that he worked with a 19-year old Lukaku and has seen how he has grown over the years. He praised the numbers the player has been able to deliver over the years.

On Kane winning the Golden Boot, Martinez attributed it to Lukaku’s selflessness on the field of ply. He cited the Japan game as an example where he had “a great chance to score” but opted for “one of the best assists of the tournament.”

The Belgium national team coach said Lukaku was more interested in team success than individual honours, which sets him apart from others.

Lukaku shocked many at the World Cup off the field in a few occasions. For example, he showed how good his Portuguese was despite being born in Belgium and playing as a pro in England. He went on to reveal that former Chelsea star Jose Bosingwa taught him Portuguese when they lived together.

Following a short break, Lukaku is expected to return to Old Trafford ahead of the pre-seasons plans under Jose Mourinho.

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