Lukaku speaks after winning Player of the Year ahead of Ronaldo

Romelu Lukaku has spoken after finishing ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo for the Serie A Player of the Year for the 2021/2022 season.

The award was determined by votes from fellow players.

Lukaku, who scored 24 league goals for Inter Milan last campaign before joining Chelsea, said it’s an accomplishment that “doesn’t happen every day”.

The Belgian also admitted that being in the same league as Ronaldo pushed him to become a better player.

“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,” Lukaku told AIC.

Ex-Chelsea star, Shevchenko opens up on relationship with Abramovich

Former Chelsea star, Andriy Shevchenko, has admitted that his relationship with the club’s owner Roman Abramovich will never be the same again amid the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine.

Shevchenko was among the first group of players Abramovich signed for Chelsea in 2006, three years after the Russian oligarch took over the West London club.

But now Shevchenko, a Ukraine legend, is entirely focused on carrying out his patriotic duties as he looks for peace and helps his compatriots flee war-torn Ukraine following Russia’s invasion.

Abramovich, on the other hand, has been slapped with sanctions by the UK government due to his alleged ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin and is desperately trying to sell Chelsea.

“I said from the beginning, I did not believe that this [Russia vs Ukraine war] could happen,” Shevcnehko told the Daily Mail.

“We [Shevcnehko and Abramovich] had a long relationship and I don’t think it will ever be the same.

“But I also know there are a lot of Russian people who want to stop the war.”

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