Lukaku says rats crawled all over him after being booted out of family home as cash-strapped parents couldn’t pay rent


ROMELU LUKAKU used to have rats crawling over him at home because his family was so poor.

The former Manchester United striker  also revealed he was once evicted from a house because his parents had not paid the rent for months.

 Romelu Lukaku had rats running over him as a child because his parents were so poor

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Romelu Lukaku had rats running over him as a child because his parents were so poorCredit: Twitter @RomeluLukaku9
 The ex-Manchester United man revealed he was once evicted from home because his cash-strapped parents had not paid the rent for months

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The ex-Manchester United man revealed he was once evicted from home because his cash-strapped parents had not paid the rent for monthsCredit: Twitter @RomeluLukaku9

Having played for some of England’s biggest clubs in Everton and Manchester United and now turning out for Italian giants Inter Milan, the 26-year-old’s cash-strapped days are behind him.

But the lavish lifestyle the striker leads now is a far cry from the one he was brought up living in Antwerp, Belgium with his Congolese parents.

Things were so tough at  times, his mother would water down milk.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, Lukaku said: “One time the furniture was getting thrown out because we didn’t pay the rent for months so we had to move.


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“I remember all that stuff – like rats all over our heads and stuff like that.

“The thing is, I always say, I wasn’t the only one going through this but I use it as motivation to become the guy I am today.”

Although his fortunes have changed now, Lukaku admits he still holds on to those memories to drive him on.

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Speaking ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Lukaku told the Players’ Tribune: “I played with so much anger because of a lot of things, because of the rats running around in our apartment.

“We were broke. Not just poor, but broke.

“My father had been a pro footballer, but he was at the end of his career and the money was all gone.

“There were even times when my mum had to borrow bread from the bakery down the street.

“The bakers knew me and my little brother, so they’d let her take a loaf of bread on Monday and pay them back on Friday.

“I knew we were struggling but when she was mixing in water with the milk, I realised it was over, you know what I mean?”

Lukaku has a refreshing perspective on life but his greatest regret is the fact his grandfather (his mother’s dad) never saw him turn pro and start providing for his family.

He added: “Life is too short for the stress and the drama.

“But I wish I could have one more phone call with him, and I could let him know.

“See? I told you. Your daughter is okay.

“No more rats in the apartment. No more sleeping on the floor. No more stress. We’re good now.”

Lukaku also made headlines today for taking aim at Man Utd chief Ed Woodward for not backing Jose Mourinho in the transfer market during the Special One’s time at the club.

 Lukaku eventually pulled his family out of poverty when he signed a pro contract with Anderlecht aged 16

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Lukaku eventually pulled his family out of poverty when he signed a pro contract with Anderlecht aged 16Credit: Twitter @RomeluLukaku9
 The striker dwarfed other youngsters as he still does to some defenders now

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The striker dwarfed other youngsters as he still does to some defenders nowCredit: Twitter@vcmusti
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