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19th Apr 2018

Romelu Lukaku tweets confirmation that celebration was inspired by Roc Nation Sports deal

Those watching were quick to pick up on this


Romelu Lukaku had the final say in Manchester United’s win at Bournemouth on Wednesday night.

The Belgian striker had started the game as a substitute, but came on in the second half, neatly lifting the ball over Asmir Begovic after being played through by Paul Pogba.

Briefly acknowledging his teammate’s pass, Lukaku celebrated by making a diamond shape with his hands – unintentionally, if you believe some…

However, as pointed out by others, Lukaku’s choice of celebration was actually completely deliberate, and inspired by Jay-Z, who has been using the symbol for years.

Why, you might ask? Well, because Lukaku signed with the rapper’s Roc Nation Sports recently, becoming the second professional footballer to do so after Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng. The United number nine posed alongside NFL star Leonard Fournette in a photo which announced the link-up, early last month. Despite this, the deal was never officially confirmed at the time.

On Thursday, Lukaku sent a tweet which made clear his celebration had indeed been linked to signing for Roc Nation Sports, adding that he was the newest member of the Roc Nation family.

Roc Nation also tweeted the same image, welcoming Lukaku.

As reported by TMZ, Jay-Z filed legal documents to obtain exclusive rights to using the hand symbol earlier this year.

With Roc Nation Sports eager to grow his sports management business on this side of the Atlantic, we’d imagine he has little issue with Lukaku using it to mark one of his goals.

United, who tightened their grip on a second-place league finish with the win on the south coast, now turn their attention to the FA Cup semi-final with Tottenham on Saturday.