We all know that Erling Haaland has Cristiano Ronaldo as one of his greatest idols on the planet of football, but few know the context in which the tremendous admiration that the Norwegian android has for the all-time top scorer in professional football began.
For a long time, when he was still part of Borussia Dortmund, the new Manchester City striker said that The bug he became one of his great references due to his performances on the most tense nights of the UEFA Champions League.
Watching the highest club competition in the world, the international with the Norwegian National Team realized that the former Real Madrid player was, is and always will be the lord and master of the Champions League.
AT WHAT MOMENT DID CHRISTIAN BECOME HAALAND’S IDOL?
“I have seen many games when I was in Molde, my former club in Norway, and following the Champions League you could see the face of (Cristiano) Ronaldo who said: ‘today I am the man, today I will score the goals’. And that’s what he did. That’s what I liked the most.” revealed the scoring leader of the current Premier League, in an interview he gave to ESPN FC during his football adventure in Germany.
A few years ago, in his home country, Erling Haaland watched Cristiano Ronaldo smash it in the Champions League from a distance. Now the Norwegian competes directly with The bug in the Premier League and is already one of the biggest figures in the European Cup. In a very short time he went from fan to protagonist. And we have no doubt that, with the start of his career he is making, he will want to follow in his hero’s footsteps by having epic nights in the biggest tournament in European football.
Undefeated data. Erling Haaland has scored more goals (28) than games (22) played in the UEFA Champions League. It is the most brutal scoring start that has been seen in this competition. Not even Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who are the tournament’s all-time top scorers, managed anything like the Norwegian at the start of their respective professional careers.
Did you know..? In the 2020/21 season, Erling Haaland was already the scoring leader in the UEFA Champions League. The historical record of more campaigns (7) being at the top of the scorers table in the Champions League Cristiano Ronaldo has it precisely.