罗梅卢·卢卡库（Romelu Lukaku），这位比利时前锋是世界足坛最受关注的球星之一，却有着很多不为人知的过去。在2018世界杯开赛前，他在The Players’Tribune（《球星看台》）上撰文I've Got Some Things to Say，回忆自己过去的时光与成长的历程。
Twelve years later, I was playing in the World Cup.
Now I'm about to play in another World Cup, and you know what? I'm going to remember to have fun this time. Life is too short for the stress and the drama. People can say whatever they want about our team, and about me.
Man, listen - when we were kids, we couldn't even afford to watch Thierry Henry on Match of the Day! Now I’m learning from him every day with the national team. I'm standing with the legend, in the flesh, and he's telling me all about how to run into space like he used to do. Thierry might be the only guy in the world who watches more football than me. We debate everything. We're sitting around and having debates about German second division football.
I'm like,“Thierry, have you seen the Fortuna Düsseldorf setup, though?”
He's like, “Don't be silly. Yes, of course.”
That's the coolest thing in the world, to me.
I just really, really wish my grandad was around to witness this.
I'm not talking about the Premier League.
Not Manchester United.
Not the Champions League.
Not the World Cups.
That's not what I mean. I just wish he was around to see the life we have now. I wish I could have one more phone call with him, and I could let him know …
“See? I told you. Your daughter is OK. No more rats in the apartment. No more sleeping on the floor. No more stress. We're good now. We're good …
… They don't have to check the I.D. any more. They know our name.”