Romelu Lukaku became the joint all-time top scorer for Belgium at the weekend when scoring in his team’s draw against Mexico. To have scored 30 international goals by 24-years-old is quite a feat and the striker correctly points out that not many players of his age group would have done the same.

Lionel Messi was 25 before he scored 30 goals for Argentina, while Cristiano Ronaldo was 26 before matching that tally for Portugal.

It’s a relief but I knew it would come. I feel great, to be honest. I was born to score. I don’t think many strikers of my generation have as many goals as me. I am like a leopard in the box.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to return next month and, while his goals could prove important, it’s unlikely he’ll reach last season’s tally. Lukaku, on the other hand, is hot favourite to win the Premier League’s top goalscorer crown this season, priced best at 11/2. These reviews will point you in the right direction if you want to bet on how many he will score this season.

Lukaku has claimed that the return of the Swede will motivate him to do better.

It motivates me really because he’s another good player to add to the squad. When you face a team like us, it’s difficult for opponents. Ibrahimovic coming back will help us to chase Manchester City [in the title race].

Lately, we haven’t performed like we did at the start of the season. We started by blowing teams away, being dominant and creating chances. But, in the last few weeks, we didn’t play at the same level and that made it more difficult for me.

That’s the sort of thing you have to go through in the season, but now there are players coming back from injury and hopefully we can deliver performances even better than at the start of the season. We can create more chances and goals.