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Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts

Romelu Lukaku, Inter Milan
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Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.

Lukaku has cut a rejuvenated figure ever since swapping Manchester United for Inter in the summer. He’s scored in both of his opening Serie A games, and looks set to rival Ronaldo for the golden boot award.

The 26-year-old, in fact, could make a bit of history in tonight’s game against Udinese by becoming the first player since Hungarian Istvan Nyers in 1948/49 to find the back of the net in his first three league matches for Inter.

Lukaku’s promising form also coincides with the Nerazzurri’s rise to the top of the standings under new coach Antonio Conte. Therefore, many expect them to become Juventus’ prime challengers for Serie A glory.

And Van der Meyde evidently thinks Lukaku can start things off by scoring more goals than Juventus’ star player Ronaldo.

“We have met one another and talk very often,” the now-retired Dutch winger told Juvenews.eu.

“Lukaku is a big fan of Italian football and I think he is made for this league.

“He is strong and can score many goals. His strength will put every Italian defence in trouble.

“He has always shown that he can score goals wherever he has played. In my opinion, he will score more goals than Cristiano Ronaldo will this year.”

Van der Meyde made 54 appearances during a two-year spell at Inter, where he helped them win the Coppa Italia in 2004/05.

But the 39-year-old reckons new manager Conte can take the club to even greater heights than what he enjoyed during his days at the San Siro.

“I think he is a good coach for Inter,” Van der Meyde said on Conte.

“He is someone who will bring stability and this is what Inter needs right now.

“They chose the ideal coach to start over with and get back to the top.”

The Inter and Udinese match starts tonight at 20:45 (CET).

Andy van der Meyde, Inter Milan
MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 14: Fussball: Champions League 04/05, Mailand; Inter Mailand – SV Werder Bremen 2:0; Andy VAN DER MEYDE / Inter, Fabian ERNST / Bremen 14.09.04. (Photo by Sandra Behne/Bongarts/Getty Images)