Erling Haaland’s signature craze surpasses prime Lionel Messi’s at Manchester City

According to a new book, Manchester City striker Erling Haaland gets more requests for signatures than Lionel Messi did at Barcelona during his peak.

Erling Haaland Surpasses Messi In Number Of Autographs
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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.

Erling Haaland

Erling Håland



Age: 24

195 cm

87 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 1 2 Missed
Minutes 77 77.0 Avg
Goals 5 5.0 Avg
Assist 0 0.0 Avg
Attempt 0 0.0 Avg
Passes 23 23.079.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

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.

His team is currently 2nd in Champions League. In the last match Manchester City won 3-2 against RB Leipzig. The next match in Champions League will be against Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester City performance and stats

Manchester City

Manager: Josep Guardiola i Sala
Rank 2nd
Win 18
Draw 5
Loss 3
Goals 59-26
Diff 33

Manchester City is currently 1st in the Champions League with 15 points.

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 15 goals and conceding 5.​

Lionel Messi

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccittini

Forwarder, Midfielder


Age: 37

170 cm

72 kg

Season 2024
Played 2 0 Missed
Minutes 180 90.0 Avg
Goals 1 0.5 Avg
Assist 1 0.5 Avg
Attempt 4 2.0 Avg
Passes 125 62.582.0% AvgSucc
Yellow 0 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

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.

His team is currently 14th in Major League Soccer. In the last match Inter Miami lost 1-0 against Charlotte.

Inter Miami performance and stats

Inter Miami

Manager: Gerardo Martino
Rank 1st
Win 1
Draw 1
Loss 0
Goals 3-1
Diff 2

Inter Miami is currently 14th in the Major League Soccer with 34 points.

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.​