Erling Haaland opens up on Man Utd legends he has always admired

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Erling Haaland is already an inspiration to young people around the world, but Borussia Dortmund forward has revealed the players he idolized when he was older.

The Norwegian international has built a reputation as one of Europe’s brightest young talents and has scored 36 goals in 33 matches with the club and the country this season.

The 19-year-old scored 25 goals in 23 games with former club Red Bull Salzburg, earning the teenager a 20 million euro transfer to Dortmund in the January transfer window.

Haaland hit the ground with the giants of the Bundesliga and scored 12 goals in 11 games before the coronavirus epidemic interrupted football across Europe.

This kind of flicker saw the Norwegian star win a legion of fans around the world with young people trying to imitate his style.



Erling Haaland revealed the two footballers he loved most as a child

But the son of former Leeds and Man City midfielder Alf Inge revealed who he found himself watching during his formative years.

“My biggest idol when I was a kid, I had a lot of good players (to admire),” he said in a question and answer session on Dortmund’s YouTube channel.

“From Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) to (Cristiano) Ronaldo, to this kind of guy.

“I can’t say one, so I’m going to say two: Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. “

Haaland certainly seems to have learned his scoring prowess from looking at both Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic, who have been among Europe’s most formidable finishers in the past decade.



Haaland named Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo as his two biggest inspirations growing up

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The sensation among teenagers also seems to be based on the athletic ability of the duo, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic, both possessing extraordinary physical skills.

Haaland’s raw speed was highlighted in Dortmund’s Champions League victory against PSG in February, while some of his goals saw powerful finishes recalling Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic in splendor.

And after naming his two idols, Haaland may be on the next bright girl’s inspiration list as he grows up in a decade.

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