He continued, "Pankaj ji was a wonderful person, soft-spoken, loving and always smiling. I've always seen him smiling whenever I met him.
Footballers like Romelu Lukaku have such an immense fan following, it’s easy to forget they are, at the end of the day, people too and have their own idols. So when the Manchester United forward met rap icon and music mogul Jay-Z, he was very much starstruck.
The Belgian is big on hip-hop music and regularly listens to the American rapper’s numbers.
How did the two meet?
Well, apart from being managed by super agent Mino Raiola, Lukaku also signed up with Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z’s management company.
And when Lukaku dropped by the firm’s HQ while on his trip to the United States, the two behemoths just had to bump into each other:
The caption– Dreams come true– ensures Lukaku made no effort to hide his admiration for a man who has successfully juggled multiple careers.
The 99 Problems hitmaker, who is married to pop queen Beyonce, gave Lukaku a mini-pep talk and obviously left quite the impression on the footballer despite their brief interaction.
If that wasn’t enough, Lukaku also hung out with DJ Khalid later:
While it’s been a good summer for Lukaku as he played a crucial role in Belgium’s third-place finish at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, things aren’t going great for his club.
Jose Mourinho has moaned so much about the lack of senior players at his disposal during pre-season that Lukaku, Phil Jones and Marcus Rashford have decided to cut short their holidays.
The aforementioned trio is expected to return to Manchester on Friday, three days before time.
United open the 2018/19 Premier League season with a Friday night (August 10) home tie against Leicester City.
Mourinho will hope that Lukaku comes back to training in good shape and after his meeting with Jay-Z, is fired up and will better last season’s tally of 27 goals in all competitions.