What’s next for Romelu Lukaku? – The athlete

As Real Madrid president Florentino Perez exited Stamford Bridge in triumph last week, the reporter who intercepted him received a short and sweet reply as to what the die-hard Super League players had just witnessed. “El mejor,” Perez beamed with pride. “El mejor delantero del mundo.” The best striker in the world.

Following his seismic hat-trick against Paris Saint-Germain in March, Karim Benzema had said L’Equipe. “I think if I had tried to score one more time I could have scored a goal or two more. Looking back on how I scored that third goal, I’m so relaxed that I think I was in a moment where whatever I was trying to do was going to happen. It’s rare but sometimes it happens in a game that you feel like that. I think I could have done whatever I wanted in the last 20 minutes.”

Benzema made the same impression against Chelsea. He might have had four but instead had to settle for back-to-back Champions League hat-tricks. The 34-year-old is in a state of grace at the moment and the calls for winning the next edition of the Ballon d’Or are growing louder.

The contrast with Romelu Lukaku could not be greater. Chelsea’s club-record acquisition, the most expensive signing of the summer window after Jack Grealish, began the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on the bench. It was the kind of game it was bought for. Unfortunately, Thomas Tuchel has once again given preference

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