On Monday morning, the 21-year-old finalized his deal to Manchester City, putting the Premier League on notice.
This season, Haaland has 29 goals in 30 games for Borussia Dortmund, and he’s just getting better.
According to his father, Alf-Inge, Haaland overheard a tale about Ronaldo’s initial time at Manchester United, which dramatically transformed his perspective.
“It took a lot of determination on my part to stay in the game.” But Erling made all the sacrifices, leaving home at the age of 16 to come to Molde, and he is far more professional than I was,” Alf-Inge told ESPN in 2019.
“Patrice Evra told him a tale about a lunch he had with Cristiano, and Cristiano only ate fish.”
“Now that Ronaldo is 34 and still at the peak of his game, Erling attempts to do the same things, demonstrating the worth of doing the right things.”
“Erling has always had a gift for music. There are many brilliant young players, but not all of them have the will to succeed.”
At the time, Haaland was a member of RB Salzburg, and he had just made a name for himself in the Champions League with a succession of impressive performances.
In January 2020, the Norway international joined Borussia Dortmund, where he continued to score goals for joy, finishing his career in Germany with 86 goals in 89 appearances.
Dortmund never came close to challenge Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title after he won the DFB-Pokal in 2021.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) June 13, 2022
City, on the other hand, has won the Premier League four times in the previous five years, so medals are almost a certainty.
“I have always seen hunger in Erling,” Alf-Inge said, who also played for City in his time. He would go out on his own to an indoor hall when he was 11 or 12 years old to perfect his talents and play against bigger lads. He’d always had the desire to improve himself. Maybe that’s something he got from me, because I’ve never had his skill.”
Ronaldo has signed a new contract at Old Trafford, and Haaland will face him in the Manchester derby next season.