Belgian football player Romelu childhood story leaves people in tears

Belgian football player Romelu childhood story leaves people in tears

For the past two days, a particular autobiographical article penned by Belgian footballer Romelu Lukaku has been shared widely by social media users across the world.  It has become a talking point even in India among readers of English-language pieces.  

In the now-celebrated article, Romelu writes about how he fought all odds since childhood to be what he is today.  It's a moving description of how he and his family had to endure poverty and worse.  "People in football love to talk about mental strength. Well, I’m the strongest dude you’re ever going to meet. Because I remember sitting in the dark with my brother and my mom, saying our prayers, and thinking, believing, knowing … it’s going to happen," the passionate sportsperson pens.

"His story is one of the funniest, most enlightening, heartbreaking reads you'll find in modern European football today," comments Carl Anka, a journalist.