Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku has admitted he’s proud to have beaten Cristiano Ronaldo to the 2020-21 Serie A Player of the Year award.
The Belgian striker scored 24 domestic goals and won the Scudetto with Inter Milan last campaign before joining Chelsea.
Although Ronaldo had scored more goals for Juventus than Lukaku for Inter, Lukaku’s goals helped Inter win the Scudetto, thus earning him the Serie A Player of the Year award.
Upon receiving the award, Lukaku admitted that he’s pleased to have beaten Ronaldo to the award.
“The club [Inter] always backed us and so did the fans who I want to thank,” Lukaku told AIC.
“Being ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo is something that doesn’t happen every day. To me, he is one of the best three players in football history. He also brought me to a different level because he does great things.
“I am really happy to be included in the Serie A top XI for last season. I want to thank all those who voted for me and the team that helped me a lot, the coach and his staff. It was the team’s achievement and it’s an honour to be in the top XI.
“It was my dream as a kid to play in Serie A and I did all I could to achieve it. I am satisfied to have done it.
“It’s an honour to have been named best player of the season. It’s something that I could not achieve without the help of the team. They helped me realise great things. We won together improving a lot. Everyone developed and the coach was always close to us. This award gives me a lot of confidence for the future.”