Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku barely had Champions League experience before coming to the club, having only featured in the Champions League qualification round.
The 25-year-old has now featured in a number of Champions League games since signing for United, and ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Champions League tie against Juventus, Lukaku has admitted that playing in big games like that is the reason he signed for United.
“It’s why I signed for this club,” he told MUTV.
“I want to play in a magnificent stadium in front of these fans. I dreamed of it as a kid and now is my opportunity.
“It’s a good challenge to see where I’m at and also where the team is – how we perform against the top defence in Europe right now.”
The Belgian top scorer also admitted he has always been an admirer of former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo who will be visiting Old Trafford with Juve.
“I’m 25 and grew up watching him [Ronaldo] play and improve and transform to the player he is,” he said.
“So, for players of my generation and younger, we should look up to that and see what hard work can bring you.
“I watched the game the last time when he came here [with Real Madrid in 2013]. He was really received like a legend is supposed to be.”