Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has officially signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation sports management company, thereby becoming the first Premier League player to do so. As it stands, the company’s only other soccer client is FC Bayern Munich’s Jérôme Boateng. However, Roc Nation Sports certainly is building up a respectable roster of athletes in other fields.
According to Bleacher Report, the news was first publicized on Twitter by ESPN’s Darren Rovell, who posted a photo depicting Lukaku signing the contract—which will inarguably affect the player’s career trajectory for the near future.
As for the aforementioned Roc Nation bench, soccer players Jérôme Boateng and Romelu Lukaku reportedly join NBA star Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and former Dallas Cowboys NFL player Dez Bryant. Not too shabby for a nascent, fledgling sports management company serving as a subsection of the larger, artist-driven Roc Nation agency.
In terms of Lukaku’s enthusiasm and loyalty to his new management, I think it’s pretty safe to say he’s happy to call the Roc his new home. One need only look at how he reportedly celebrated his 16th goal of the 2017-2018 Premier League season in a 2-0 defeat against Bournemouth on Tuesday to know he’s here to stay.
Lukaku had a pretty great 2017, with a move from Everton F.C. to Manchester United contractually netting him a reported £75 million—or $106,467,375. With the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia gearing up and less than two months away, Lukaku will have a chance to impress international audiences worldwide, with his talent aiding Belgium in their efforts to beat cup favorites Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain. Essentially, things could only keep getting better for Lukaku, and besides—who doesn’t want Hov as their figurative boss?