Romelu Lukaku will soon become the latest man to take on the role of star striker at Manchester United.
In doing so he will follow the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and club legend Wayne Rooney as the player to fire in some important goals.
As Rooney returns to his boyhood club Everton – the opposite direction to the journey Lukaku is taking – he can look back on a very positive career.
Similarly, while Ibrahimovic is recuperating from injury and is currently without a club, he can be proud of his Old Trafford achievements despite only being there for one season after he showcased his talents at a number of other clubs before.
Both Rooney and Ibrahimovic were undoubted greats, and are now closer to the end of their careers than the beginning, but how do these two compare to 24-year-old Lukaku?
We’ve taken a look at the three forwards’ achievements up until the end of the season in which they turned 24 years old.
How does the Belgian compare to Rooney and Ibrahimovic and does it show signs that Lukaku will also be destined for greatness?
Perhaps the most important aspect for a striker is sticking the ball in the back of the net.
Amongst our terrific trio Lukaku’s goalscoring comes across very favourably as he has managed to grab 145 goals in 317 appearances.
Rooney is very similar with 148 goals but he played in more games with 359 appearances.
Meanwhile, Ibrahimovic managed to notch 92 goals in 249 appearances up until the end of the season in which he turned 24.
All of Rooney’s goals were scored while playing for Premier League clubs, whereas Lukaku had notched 41 for Belgian club Anderlecht, and Ibrahimovic had 56 from spells in Sweden and Holland.
Goals are the most important but it’s also interesting to know who was benefitting from them.
By the time Rooney was 24 he had pulled on the blue of Everton and red of Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic, who has had a fair few moves throughout his career, had played for Malmo, Ajax and Juventus.
However, following the season in which he turned 24, the Swede moved on to Inter Milan after Juventus’ relegation as punishment for their involvement in the Calciopoli scandal.
Lukaku, on the other hand, has played for four clubs and Manchester United will be the fifth in his career.
He was then loaned to the Toffees before signing at Goodison Park permanently in 2014.
Competitive sport is all about the silverware and it’s what players look back on once their career is over.
Currently Lukaku has won a Belgian League title and is also on the honours list for Chelsea’s 2012 FA Cup win – though he hardly participated during the competition and he doesn’t count it as an honour.
All the titles Ibrahimovic won up until he turned 24 came during his time at Ajax, as he picked up the league championship twice, one Dutch Cup and a Dutch Super Cup. Juventus did win the 2004/5 Serie A trophy with the striker, but were subsequently stripped of this title in light of the Calciopoli scandal.
Rooney, perhaps helped by the fact that he was part of Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United, racked up three Premier League titles, two League Cups, one Community Shield, one Champions League and a FIFA Club World Cup.