Since joining Pep Guardiola’s team in 2022, Haaland has been flooded with requests to sign shirts and memorabilia. The updated edition of “Pep’s City: The Making of A Superteam,” authored by Pol Ballus and Lu Martin, notes that Haaland gladly obliges to these requests, a gesture that’s attracted more attention than even Messi during his prime at Barcelona and City, according to staff who’ve worked with Guardiola.
City invested approximately €100 million in acquiring Haaland from Borussia Dortmund, a sum that’s proven worthwhile. He played a pivotal role in securing the treble last season, scoring an impressive 52 goals in 53 games across all competitions. Despite his remarkable achievements, the book reveals that Haaland remains well-liked by both staff and teammates, known for his cheerful demeanor and affable nature.
“He’s always in a good mood and has a kind word for everyone,” shared a staff member with the book’s authors. “He’s made such a difference to the team and, when you think how famous he is, it’s amazing he’s still such a sweet guy. You’d expect that a player of Erling’s status and physical size might be arrogant and demanding – a bit of a diva. But he’s got a smile for everyone and is always happy to chat. He’ll take the piss, too, but more importantly, he can handle a joke at his own expense.”
His closest companion at City is Jack Grealish, with whom he shares an inseparable bond. They reside in the same Manchester apartment block along with neighbours Ruben Dias, Julian Alvarez, and Sergio Gomez, forming a tight-knit group.
Haaland quickly endeared himself to his teammates by attending a Halloween bash organized by Kyle Walker and Riyad Mahrez last year, arriving dressed as a Viking despite the freezing weather, showcasing his fun-loving nature.
Having recently set records as the fastest player to reach 50 Premier League goals and 40 Champions League goals, Haaland is poised to further enhance his tally as City faces off against Tottenham in their upcoming match.
This season he played in total 5 times for 421 minutes for Champions League.
Erling Haaland scored 5 goals for Manchester City. He procured one assist. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.
Manchester City performance and stats
It has a positive goal difference after scoring 15 goals and conceding 5.
Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini
This season he played in total 6 times for 372 minutes for Major League Soccer.
Lionel Messi scored 1 goal for Inter Miami. He procured two assists. He received no yellow cards and no red cards.
Inter Miami performance and stats
In the last 34 games, it has won 9 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 18 times. In its last match, Inter Miami lost 1-0 against Charlotte.
It has a negative goal difference after scoring 41 goals and conceding 54.