Haaland: I'm a footballer thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo

Josip Brajkovic
Josip Brajkovic
Published: 20. veljače 2020.

Haaland: I'm a footballer thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo

Erling Haaland is set for stardom or has just entered it in a way. But the teenager isn't happy with just making a single blip and being a one-season wonder. He wants to last as long as possible and as his models himself on Cristiano Ronaldo, it might not be strange to see him dominate for years to come.

After scoring a brace in the Champions League knockout stage debut Haaland said that he became a footballer thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I would love to meet him and tell him that I am a footballer thanks to him. For me, he was always a role model," said the Norweigan.

The teenager was just two-years-old when his idol made his debut for Sporting Lisbon back in 2002.

Ronaldo was defined in a great deal with his rivalry with Leo Messi. Haaland might find his nemesis or motivation in Kylian Mbappe but is already at a good start after winning their first duel.

Although Haaland said that Zlatan Ibrahimovic is his favourite player upon arriving at Borussia Dortmund, it's evident the importance CR7 has in the eyes of the 19-year-old.

First, he was filmed doing the Cristiano "Siiu!" celebration on BVB's training but then Erling's father Alfie explained how come his son values the Portuguese so much.

"He was told a story by Patrice Evra about a lunch he had with Ronaldo and Cristiano had fish, nothing else. Erling now tries to do the same things because Ronaldo is 35 and still at the top of the game, so it shows the value of doing the right things," said Alfie.

The former Leeds man also said that his teenage son is way professional than he ever was.

Haaland looks up to Cristiano yet the Champions League top scorer didn’t net in the competition until his 30th game. Erling already has 10 goals in seven first matches in the CL.


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