"If I can do it against Bayern and Dortmund, I can do it against anyone!" Dodi Lukebakio has lift-off at Fortuna Düsseldorf. - © 2018 Getty Images
"If I can do it against Bayern and Dortmund, I can do it against anyone!" Dodi Lukebakio has lift-off at Fortuna Düsseldorf. - © 2018 Getty Images

Dodi Lukebakio: Who is Fortuna Düsseldorf's Watford-owned man for the big occasion?

Dodi Lukebakio is the Watford-owned winger who has already stuck it to Bundesliga title rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in his short time on German soil.

Lukebakio has scored four goals in two appearances against Germany's top two to date, but what else will the mercurial Belgian be telling the grandkids about in years to come..?

Dodi Lukebakio

Age: 21
Club: Fortuna Düsseldorf (on loan from Watford)
Position: Winger
Country: Belgium (12 caps for the U21s)

Key stats

Lukebakio arrived at Düsseldorf in summer 2018 with only six senior career goals in 45 appearances for Anderlecht, Charleroi, Toulouse and parent club Watford to his name. Over halfway into his debut Bundesliga campaign, the rocket-powered 6'2" wide man has already netted seven times for promoted Fortuna.

Watch: Take a closer look at Düsseldorf's main man, Dodi Lukebakio

Three of those efforts came in the most unlikely of 3-3 draws at Bayern on Matchday 12. Lukebakio then grabbed the opener as Fortuna inflicted a first defeat of the season on leaders Dortmund late in the 2018/19 Hinrunde, having also plundered back-to-back braces in the first and second rounds of the DFB Cup.

Born to Congolese parents, he made his senior international debut for DR Congo in 2016, but has since pledged his allegiance to his country of birth, scoring four goals in 12 outings for the Belgium U21s.

Plays a bit like: Paulo Wanchope

Lukebakio’s rangy frame and imagination make him a nightmare to contain for opposition defenders. Fans of a certain vintage might remember Paulo Wanchope, the Costa Rican who lifted fans of Derby County, West Ham and Manchester City among others off their seats with moments of attacking magic. Some questioned if Wanchope didn’t know what he was going to do next, how could his markers? Lukebakio has that self-same unpredictability.

There's no stopping Dodi Lukebakio (c.) in full-flight mode - just ask Bayern and Dortmund! - Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images

Did you know?

Lukebakio became the first Bundesliga player since Ebbe Sand (Schalke) in 2001 to score a hat-trick against Bayern and the first in Bundesliga history to put three past sweeper-keeper supreme Manuel Neuer in one game, with his show-stopping salvo at the Allianz Arena.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have never managed more than two in one match against the Bayern and Germany No.1 - and they've faced him countless times in the UEFA Champions League!

Watch: Dodi Lukebakio was named Bundesliga Rookie of the Month for December

What they're saying

"His pace and dribbling - it's something else. I've never experienced anything like it in the Bundesliga. He's the toughest opponent I've had to face since I moved here." - Wolfsburg defender Jerome Rousillion

"Dodi can become a very good player. He's so unpredictable with his pace and dribbling, that's why we let him have free rein." - Fortuna coach Friedhelm Funkel

"Dodi is incredibly valuable, incredibly fast. He's a very important player for us." - Fortuna teammate Adam Bodzek