One of the world’s most famous athletes went incognito in New York this week.
Manchester United’s young Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku — who at 25 is already just the 28th player to score more than 100 goals in England’s Premier League — was at Lavo’s Riviera on Sunday at a bash with a few teammates and Roc Nation Sports’ branding and strategy chief Michael Yormark.
The party of six had a quick dinner in obscurity in the dining room, but then “the staff of the restaurant and the security guards all recognized Lukaku and swarmed him as he left . . . It took him a half-hour to get out the door,” said a spy.
We hear that the soccer star, who will play in the World Cup next month for Belgium, enjoys his unusual anonymity when in town.
“He likes to go to Bubby’s . . . and just talk to people,” said a sports insider. “He’ll have coffee there and just people-watch and hang out for a few hours.”
The foreign star might not be such a secret in the US much longer — Lukaku signed last month with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, which has also inked Bayern Munich star Jérôme Boateng.
We hear that Lukaku’s next headed to Miami before the World Cup, and will also return to the States for a tour in July.
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