Ivan Rakitic, a former Croatia midfielder, has made fun of Romelu Lukaku for missing multiple opportunities while playing for Belgium in the second half of their match against Croatia, which resulted in their nation’s elimination from the group stage.
Romelu Lukaku’s World Cup nightmare has been mocked by Croatian legend Ivan Rakitic, who has offered him a free month of vacation in Split.
In an effort to help Belgium advance to the next round, the on-loan Inter Milan striker substituted Roberto Martinez at halftime.
They needed to defeat Croatia at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium on Friday in order to have any hope of advancing to the tournament’s round of 16.
He experienced a terrible 45 minutes while possibly missing four good opportunities to score the game-winning goal.
Before lifting a header over the bar, the former Chelsea striker first hit the post with a fantastic opportunity.
His inability to score persisted throughout the game, as he allowed another center to hit him when scoring was easier and then failed to convert a cross from only yards out.
In the end, the scores were tied, and Belgium did not advance.
After the final whistle, Lukaku was inconsolable and was consoled by former French international Thierry Henry.
He also punched the dugout to vent his anger. With a vicious message, former Croatia midfielder Rakitic added salt to the striker’s wounds.
He wrote on Instagram, “Let’s go Lukaku! We have to pay him a month of vacation in Split. Let’s go!”
Given that Lukaku leaves Qatar with his teammates before the round of 16 even begins, it seems improbable that Rakitic’s vicious offer will be accepted.
When Serie A resumes after the World Cup break, the 29-year-old will return to Inter Milan and try to start his season there.
Only five appearances in all competitions and two goals have been scored by Lukaku this season due to injury. After the final horn, he delivered his assessment of the match and his failures.
“Naturally, I’m disappointed because we lost and are no longer in the competition.” Lukaku stated, “I’m a striker, so I would have liked to do my job, score, and help the team.”
Timothy Castagne, a defender for Leicester and a member of the Belgian national team, has rushed to his assistance.
He stated: “Because he generates opportunities, gives opportunities, and holds the ball, I wouldn’t suggest that Lukaku is the anti-hero.”