Erling Haaland, the 38-year-old forward for Manchester City, recently opened up about the profound influence Cristiano Ronaldo has had on his goal-scoring evolution. In a detailed reflection, Haaland acknowledged the impact of closely observing Ronaldo’s gameplay throughout his formative years.
Haaland admitted to struggling with heading initially, sharing, “I remember always watching him on YouTube for his movements in the box: He used to make two or three moves before attacking the space he wanted to be in.” He emphasized the intricacies of the duel with center-backs, stressing the importance of timing and positioning. This insight significantly contributed to Haaland’s improvement in heading ability, transforming his ratio from one goal every 11 attempts to an impressive one in four.
Expressing his admiration for Ronaldo’s strategic shift from a wide player to a central striker, Haaland stated, “How Cristiano moves, and how he has managed to develop his game… It is incredible for him that he manages.” The Norwegian forward highlighted the significance of Ronaldo’s small movements in the box, enabling him to deceive defenders and consistently find the net.
In the ongoing 2023 season, both players have collectively scored over 40 goals, with Haaland leading the charts at 50 goals, and Ronaldo contributing 46 for Al-Nassr and Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s influence on Erling Haaland is obvious 🤝 pic.twitter.com/Eu4ggnuBwI
— GOAL (@goal) November 18, 2023
This season he played in total 12 times for 1026 minutes for Premier League.
Erling Haaland scored 12 goals for Manchester City. He procured 3 assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.
Manchester City performance and stats
In the last 12 games, it has won 9 times, drawn once, and lost twice. In its last match, Manchester City drawn 4-4 against Chelsea.
It has a positive goal difference after scoring 32 goals and conceding 12.
Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro
This season he played in total 12 times for 1076 minutes for Pro League.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored 12 goals for Al Nassr. He procured 7 assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.
Al Nassr performance and stats
In the last 13 games, it has won 10 times, drawn once, and lost twice. In its last match, Al Nassr won 1-3 against Al Wahda.
It has a positive goal difference after scoring 36 goals and conceding 15.Embed from Getty Images