In a recent interview with TV 2, Manchester City’s prolific forward, Erling Haaland, credited his impressive form to the influence of Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Haaland, who has netted 69 goals in 71 appearances since joining City in 2022, revealed that Ronaldo was his primary inspiration during his formative years, often studying the legend’s moves on YouTube.
The 23-year-old spoke passionately about how he honed his skills by observing Ronaldo’s nuanced movements in the box.
Haaland emphasized the importance of timing and positioning, highlighting Ronaldo’s ability to make two or three decisive moves before attacking the desired space.
He expressed admiration for Ronaldo’s evolution from his early years at Manchester United to becoming a formidable striker at Real Madrid.
Haaland’s insights into Ronaldo’s game reveal a deep appreciation for the intricacies of scoring goals, emphasizing the significance of small yet decisive movements that deceive defenders.
The Norwegian forward’s success at Manchester City, including his pivotal role in last season’s historic treble, reflects the impact of Ronaldo’s influence on his playing style.
Despite Haaland’s exceptional season, an unfortunate injury sustained during the recent 2-0 victory over the Faroe Islands will sideline him for the remainder of Norway’s Euro 2024 qualifying matches.
Nonetheless, Haaland remains optimistic about his future performances, undoubtedly carrying the spirit of his idol, Cristiano Ronaldo, onto the pitch.
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