‘I like how he moves from one club to another’: Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland reveals his admiration for Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career path (but is he hinting he could do the same?)
- 19-year-old Erling Haaland has revealed his admiration for Zlatan Ibrahimovic
- Ibrahimovic has played for nine clubs in his extraordinary, nomadic career
- Haaland joined fourth club of his short career with January move to Dortmund
Erling Haaland admits he admires Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s ‘mentality’ because he likes to move from one club to another.
The 19-year-old hitman has become the hottest property in world football after an incredible 40-goal season for Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.
But he has left the tiniest of hints about his future prospects by revealing his admiration for the Swedish icon, who has played for nine different clubs in an extraordinary, nomadic career.
Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring for Borussia Dortmund against Wolfsburg in February
Haaland has revealed his admiration for Swedish superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Haaland told FourFourTwo of Ibrahimovic, who rejoined AC Milan in January at the age of 38: ‘I like his mentality and how he sees different things.
‘I think I’ve always had that confidence, too – that’s just me.
‘I also like how he moves from one club to another, in another country – which isn’t easy – but he always comes in and just bangs in goals, from the first second. I liked seeing that.’
Haaland joined the fourth club of his short career so far when he moved to Dortmund in January, and it’s clear he took a leaf out of Ibrahimovic’s book.
Ibrahimovic has represented nine clubs in his career so far, including Manchester United
Haaland, who has played for four already, admits he admires the Swede’s nomadic career path
He scored 12 goals in 11 appearances – including a stunning brace against PSG – before the coronavirus crisis brought the game to a sudden halt last month.
‘It’s good’, he admits about their similarity, and although they share the same agent -Mino Raiola – they have yet to speak.
Despite their similarities, Haaland insists they are different beasts on the pitch.
‘We’re both strikers and we’re both tall,’ explains the 6ft 4in forward. ‘But we have a different game. It’s hard to compare us. I am who I am.’
The Norwegian’s approach is based around pace, movement and breaking clear of the last line of defence, while the Swede has been a target man for much of his career.
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