He said that the Portuguese superstar told him that he believes that Serie A is the most difficult league in the world for forwards – and Lukaku said he agreed.
The Italian top flight has always been associated with top-quality defending from when Paolo Maldini and Franco Baresi were at the peak of their powers at AC Milan, with the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci carrying the torch with Juventus today.
“He told me this is the hardest defensive league in the world,” said Lukaku in a recent interview with Rory Smith of the New York Times.
“He said he’d scored goals everywhere, but this was the toughest place to do it. And if Cristiano Ronaldo thinks it’s difficult, then it must be really difficult.”
The recent interview also touched on the racism that the Belgium international has faced in his time in Italy, from monkey chants at Cagliari to the controversial “Black Friday” cover run by Italian paper Corriere dello Sport.
But on the pitch, Lukaku sounds like he’s enjoying his football again after his time with Manchester United fizzled out as it didn’t appear he had a future under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former Red Devils forwards Lukaku and Ronaldo are embroiled in a neck-and-neck title race between Inter and Juventus, level on points after 17 games. But the two individuals have had different fortunes when it comes to goalscoring.
Ronaldo has scored a respectable 10 goals from 14 Serie A appearances so far, but it represents his worst goalscoring tally at this stage of the season in a decade.
Lukaku, meanwhile, has scored 12 goals from 17 league appearances and is developing a good relationship Argentinian striker Lautaro Martinez.
He scored 16 and 12 Premier League goals in his two seasons with Manchester United but looks on course to better those tallies in his debut season with Inter, set for his most prolific season since his Everton days.
“It’s harder than England,” the Inter striker added.
“The football is more intense there, but here everything is pattern of play.”