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Which famous celebrities support Chelsea?

There are famous celebrities who are known and recognized by everyone in the world right from every sphere of entertainment that support Chelsea FC

Be it the greatest of sportsmen and women in the world, actors and actresses from Hollywood, singers and world-famous chefs from both sides of the Atlantic who like every other human being support their beloved football clubs.

We’ve seen some particular instances of celebrities who chose to support obscure football clubs, this goes to show how strong and efficient their loyalty and love for these “obscure” clubs could be.

Some fans are lifelong supporters while some have barely supported their club’s for a decade or two.

Undoubtedly, Chelsea has a large fanbase that stretches to all corners of the globe.

Cheapgoals brings to you famous celebrities who are Chelsea’s fan

  • Timothy Lovejoy – TV presenter

50 Of Chelsea's Most Famous Celebrity Fans

How does it sound to hear that TV/Radio sports presenters support one club or the other? Awkward?Unusual? Well, they’re humans after all.

Timothy Lovejoy is another English staunch supporter of Chelsea. The ace sportscaster is a popular figure in the media industry as far as the United Kingdom is concerned; known for hosting a Saturday morning football program (Soccer AM).

According to Timothy, he’s started following Chelsea as a teenager and to date, still supports the club. Also, Lovejoy is a huge fan of Chelsea’s former manager, Jose Mourinho.

Now an integral figure of the Blues fan movement, Lovejoy has taken a step back from football and into the kitchen, featuring on cooking shows such as Something for the Weekend and Sunday Brunch.

  • Bill Clinton – Former President of USA

50 Of Chelsea's Most Famous Celebrity Fans

Apparently, Bill Clinton is an American politician and attorney who ruled the American Nation as the 42nd president of the United States between 1993 to 2001. Maybe it’s a coincidence, the former USA President named her daughter Chelsea – perhaps out of his affection for the Blues.

Rumour has it that Clinton had been a huge fan of Chelsea since the 1960s, so much so that while he was studying for his degree at Oxford, he would often go to Stamford Bridge to watch Chelsea play.

Having an Ex-President from one of the biggest and most civilized nations of the world clearly show how far the Chelsea brand has gone across the globe.

  • Kevin Garnett – NBA Player

50 Of Chelsea's Most Famous Celebrity Fans

It’s a normal feat for sportsmen that aren’t footballers to have their favorite football clubs.

Usain Bolt is an example; the Jamaican Sprinter has been a long time Manchester United fan and at some point was on the verge of playing football for the Red Devils.

For Kevin Garnett, who loves sports in and out, soccer is one sport he loves with a passion.

He’s a big-time Chelsea admirer and supporter; regularly in contact with the likes of Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba who happens to be one of his favorite players.

The former Boston Celtics forward have gone to see the Blues several times during his off-season when Chelsea toured the United States.

  • Frank Khalid – Entrepreneur

50 Of Chelsea's Most Famous Celebrity Fans

Khalid grew up in Newham, London. He’s an astute businessman who owns three different businesses across the United Kingdom namely Elbrook Cash And Carry, Chak89 Restaurant, and West London Film Studios with a profit of multi-million pounds.

The Brit hardly misses any Chelsea match; this has brought about his closeness with the most current and ex Chelsea footballers. Recently, he invited Netherlands and Crystal Palace fullback Patrick Van Aanholt, former boxer David Haye, and Chelsea FC defender Emerson Palmieri to Elbrook Cash and Carry.

His restaurant is known as a regular dining place for top-notch celebrities from Bollywood like Shah Rukh Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Priyanka Chopra etc.

Other famous people that have visited Chak89 Restaurant include American actors Vanessa Hudgens, Lindsay Lohan and Jesse Metcalfe and his long time footballer friend, Willian.

He does have a picture he took with Chelsea’s past and present players.

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  • Abhishek Bachchan – Bollywood Actor

50 Of Chelsea's Most Famous Celebrity Fans

Abhishek Bachchan is one of the prominent stars of Bollywood.

The 44-year old who co-owns Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC has been a die-hard fan of English Football and has often been seen the following football diligently with his colleagues from Bollywood.

Recently, when the Dhoom crooner contracted Covid-19, he received a special letter from the club, wishing him a speedy recovery from the dreaded contagion.

The Bollywood star is a regular visitor to Stamford Bridge and he’s been presented with a personalized jersey on multiple occasions from the club and is often seen with the Blues players.

  • Sean Lock – Comedian

50 Of Chelsea's Most Famous Celebrity Fans

Lock is an English comedian, actor, and writer well known for his appearances on television and radio.

He was born into a family where both his parents, older brother, and a larger number of his cousins are Chelsea, staunch supporters.

The 57-year old Lock has been a lifelong Chelsea supporter and has also held a season-ticket for many years to mean that he has seen the good and the bad times, the pre and post-Abramovich years, in West London.

Sean is today a successful comedian and actor has won the British Comedy Award in 2000 in the category of Best Live Comic, and was nominated for the Perrier Comedy Award.

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  • Jeremy Vine – Broadcast Journalist

50 Of Chelsea's Most Famous Celebrity Fans

Another Broadcast Journalist makes the list, an English presenter, broadcaster, and journalist. Jeremy became popular in England as the host of his BBC Radio 2 lunchtime program which presents news, views, interviews with live guests and popular music.

The astute pen pusher is as passionate as every other Chelsea fan who would always take his daughter to go see football matches at Stamford Bridge.

After Jose Mourinho’s sack in his second coming at the Bridge in 2015, Jeremy penned an open letter to the Portuguese gaffer, outlining Jose’s flaws which led to his sack right from his first term in 2005 as a Chelsea manager.

 

Other Chelsea Celebrity Supporters From Every Sphere Include:

Movies

Lord Richard Attenborough (Late) – Film Director (Life President of the Club)
Sir Jeremy Isaacs – Actor/Producer
Gabriel Byrne – Actor (Usual Suspects)
Joseph Fiennes – Actor (Shakespeare in Love)
Sir Michael Caine – Actor (The Italian Job)
Naveen Andrews – Actor (Lost)
Simon Pegg – Actor (Shaun of the Dead)
Art Malik – Actor (Upstairs Downstairs)
Guy Ritchie – Director (Snatch)
Bill Nighy – Actor (Love Actually)
Jason Fleming – Actor (Snatch)
Jonny Lee Miller – Actor (Trainspotting)
Lance Percival – Actor (Up Pompeii)
Phil Daniels – Actor (Quadrophenia)
Bruce Dern – “Actor (Silent Running)
Sienna Miller – Actress (G.I. Joe)
Minnie Driver – Actress (Phantom of the Opera)
Tara Reid – Actress (American Pie)
Renee Zellwegger – Actress (Bridget Jones)
Graham King – Movie Producer (Traffic)
Tom Pollock – Film Director/Producer (Up in the Air)
Owen Wilson – Actor (Wedding Crashers)
Will Ferrell – Actor (Blades of Glory)
Raquel Welch – Actress (One Million Years B.C.)

Television & Radio

David Baddiel – Comedian/Writer
Michael Crawford – Actor (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em)
Jeremy Clarkson – Presenter (Top Gear)
Dennis Waterman – Actor (Minder)
Johhny Vaughan – Radio/TV presenter
Bill Oddie – Comedian/Twitcher
Rodney Bewes – Actor (Likely Lads)
Andrea Catherwood – ITN newsreader
Trevor Eve – Actor (Waking the Dead)
Chris Barrie – Actor/Comedian (Red Dwarf)
Michael Greco – Actor (Eastenders)
Gemma Bissix – Actress (Eastenders)
James Forde – Actor (Eastenders)
Charlie Brooks – Actress (Janine in Eastenders)
Michael Higgs – Actor (Andy Hunter in Eastenders)
Alison Parteger – Actress (Sarah in Eastenders)
Derek Martin – Actor (Charlie Slater in Eastenders)
Derek Fowlds – Actor (Heartbeat)
Clive Mantle – Actor (Casualty)
Dorian Healy – Actor (Soldier, Soldier)
Gary Love – Actor (Soldier, Soldier)
Dervla Kirwan – Actress (Ballykissangel)
Huw Higginson – Actor (The Bill)
Georgia Zaris – Actress (‘Claudia’ in Dream Team)
Richard O’Sullivan – Actor (Man About the House)
Jonny Gould – Game Show Host
David Redfearn – Magician
Russell Grant – Astrologer
Isla Fisher – Actress
Sean Locke – Comedian
Iain Lee – Comedian/Radio DJ
Clive Bull – Radio DJ
“Tubes” – Sky Sports Soccer AM

Music

Suggs – Lead Singer with Madness
Damon Albarn – Lead Singer with Blur
Bryan Adams – Musician
Lars Ulrich – Drummer with Metallica
Mark Hoppus – Blink 182
Woody – Drummer with Madness
Graham Bush – Bassist with Madness
Madonna (her husband is) – Singer
Paul Cook – Sex Pistols
Steve Jones – Sex Pistols
Morten Harket – A-Ha
Jimmy Page – Led Zepplin
John Taylor – Duran Duran
Alan McGee – Head of Creation Records (Oasis)
Andy Fletcher – Depeche Mode
Dave Gahan – Depeche Mode
Justin Chancellor – Tool
Lloyd Cole – Musician
Billy Idol – Musician
Nik Kershaw – 80’s Popstar
Busta Rhymes – US Rap star
Gary Numan – 80’s Popstar
Mr. C – DJ & lead singer with The Shamen
Geri Halliwell – Singer
Danni Minogue – Singer
Martine McCutcheon – Singer/Actress (lived at Stamford Bridge for a bit)
Andy Cairns – Lead Singer with Therapy
Ed Ball – Musician
Ben Watt – Everything but the Girl
Tracey Thorn – Everything but the Girl
Charlie Harper – UK Subs
Alex Paterson – ORB
Paul Hardcastle – ’19’ Recording Artist
John O’Neill – Undertones
Neneh Cherry – Singer
Lil Wayne – Singer
Paul Oakenfold – DJ/Producer
Trevor Nelson – “DJ, Radio 1”
Jeff Young – DJ
Graham Dene – DJ
Paul Anderson – “DJ, XFM”
Tim Simenon – “DJ, Producer, Depeche Mode”
Gary Crowley – DJ
Iain Baker – “DJ, XFM, ex Jesus Jones”
Seb Fontaine – “DJ, Radio 1”
Ian Collins – Talksport radio presenter
Mark Fuller – Nightclub owner
Rifat Jawaid – Broadcaster/Presenter – BBC World Service
David Andrews – DJ – Gold

Sport

Lord Sebastian Coe – Ex-MP/Athlete/London Olympic chief
Sir Steven Redgrave – Olympic Rower
Ben Ainslie – Olympic Sailor
Paul Merson – Football
Peter Crouch – Football
Paul McGrath – Football
Mark Wright – Football
Gary Stevens – Football
Sean Davis – Football
Kenny Sansom – Football
Sir Clive Woodward – Rugby (England)
Laurence Dallaglio – Rugby (England)
Brian Moore – Rugby (England)
Ian Williams – Rugby (NZ)
Michael Dods – Rugby (Scotland)
Michael McIlorum – Rugby League
Kevin Garnett – Basketball (USA)
Alec Stewart – Cricket
Graham Thorpe – Cricket
Shane Warne – Cricket
Shoaib Akhtar – Cricket
Chris Cairns – Cricket
Chris Cowdrey – Cricket
David Smith – Cricket
Jimmy White – Snooker
Tony Drago – Snooker
Neil Robertson – Snooker
Johnny Herbert – Motor Racing
Darren Barker – Boxing
George Groves – Boxing
Daley Thompson – Decathlete
Eric Bristow – Darts
Boris Becker – Tennis
Pat Cash – Tennis
Peter Fleming – Tennis
Dick Francis – Horse Racing (Jockey & Writer)
William Jarvis – Horse Racing (Trainer)
Oliver Sherwood – Horse Racing (Trainer)
Charles Gordon-Watson – Horse Racing (Bloodstock Agent)
Kieran Donaghy – Irish Gaelic footballer

(the list of footballers excludes all ex-Chelsea players who we’d hope are all fans now anyway!)

Writers/Journalists

Roddy Doyle – Playwright
Andy Hamilton – Comedy Writer
Giles Smith – Sports Writer (Telegraph)
Nigel Clarke – Football Writer (Mirror)
John Motson – Commentator (can’t admit it)
Martin Tyler – Commentator (a soft spot at least)
Ivor Baddiel – Writer/Broadcaster
John Moynihan – Journalist/Author
Shelly Webb – TV Presenter and wife of Neil
Albert Sewell – Match of the Day stats man
Christina Jones – Novelist
Adam Porter – Journalist – Loaded magazine
Mark Winstanley – Horse Racing Journalist
Colin Mackenzie – Horse Racing Journalist
John Sexton – Horse Racing Journalist
Albert Jack – Newspaper Columnist
Robb Wotton – Sky Sports News Presenter

Politics
John Major – Former Prime Minister
David Mellor – Ex-MP
Peter Hain – MP
Peter Bottomley – MP
Ed Vaizey – MP
Bill Clinton – Ex-President of the USA (watched Chelsea while at Oxford in the 60’s)

Miscellaneous
Vidal Sassoon – Hairdresser
Gordon Ramsey – Chef
Nigella Lawson – Chef
Aldo Zilli – Chef

Supporting from up above

Sir Laurence Olivier – Actor
Sir John Mills – Actor
Tony Banks – Former MP
Sir George Robey – Music Hall Star
Joe Strummer – The Clash
Ted Rodgers – 321 Man
Sidney Taffler – Actor
Dermot Morgan – Actor (Father Ted)

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When it comes to loyalty and commitment in the beautiful game, there are few football players who are able to pledge their allegiance and refused to be swayed by big offers. For every Ashley Cole, there’s also a Totti.

There are players who when they reach their potentials, will get easily swayed by money and the probable fame that will follow their transition to other clubs. While other players would simply remain at their current club because of the love they have for the club.

The first set of players who leave the club when bigger clubs come calling are always remembered for their exploits while at the club. But, the second type of football player who ignores the temptations of leaving their ‘most loved’ football club sides is regarded as heroes.

Meanwhile, there are some known players who have showcased utmost loyalty for their respective clubs. For instance, Francesco Totti waved off Real Madrid’s offer in 2006, stating AS Roma as his family and he’s never seen a situation where a child would leave his poor parents to go live with rich strangers.

But what about other unpopular loyal players like Francesco Totti, Stephen Gerrard or even Mark Noble?.

Here’s a list of 7 most loyal football players

  • David Zibung (Goalkeeper) – FC Luzern (18 Years +)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

The life of this Swiss goalkeeper has been all about his boyhood club, FC Luzern. The +37-year old was born in Hergiswil which is in the Nidwalden region in Switzerland.

He joined the youth team of FC Luzern in 1999 and was there till 2003. Zibung grew in leaps and bounds with the Luzern main team, ever since he broke into the first team, he’s never for once considered leaving the club.

Technically, Zibung would’ve spent eighteen years at Luzern by July 2021. But he’s definitely spent more than eighteen years given that he’s been at the club’s feeder team before 2003.

Zibung remains one of the oldest and longest-serving loyal goalkeepers of the Swiss League.

  • Hidekazu Otani (Midfielder) – Kashiwa Reysol (18 Years)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

Otani is a midfielder of note, who joined his one and only club in 2000 as a teenager. Now 36 years-old, Okami has been deployed in many parts of the midfield but his natural position is the defensive midfield where he plays comfortably well.

The Japanese veteran midfielder has on numerous occasions been offered to leave his club but his love for the Sun King club has held him back so much so that he’s willing to retire at the club when the time comes.

While some quarters may believe that Hidekazu Okani had been at Kashiwa for eighteen years, the fans of the club see him as an integral part of the club’s history given that he’s won laurels with the club severally.

  • Igor Akinfeev (Goalkeeper) – CSKA Moscow (18 Years)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

Akinfeev is probably the most popular player we’re x-raying in this Exposé. Akinfeev, Russian, is the Russian National Team goalkeeper and captain, as well as his club side, CSKA Moscow.

History has it that the 34-year old shot-stopper has been at CSKA Moscow since the age of four. His father sent him to the Sports School of CSKA where he began his goalkeeping career and won the Russian Junior Championship in 2002 with the CSKA Moscow team.

Akinfeev would make his debut for CSKA Moscow at sixteen, precisely 2001 where he saved a penalty and also had a clean sheet. He has played over five hundred matches for CSKA Moscow, winning six Russian Cup titles, six Russian Premier League titles as well as the 2005 UEFA Cup with the club.

His incredible rise to stardom is down to his personality and ingenuity as a goalkeeper. He’s arguably the best goalkeeper the Russian nation has ever produced and has been on several international tournaments for the country since he joined the national team.

It may sound bizarre but Akinfeev has spent thirty years at the Red-blues. That is a huge commitment mixed with loyalty.

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  • Ismed Sofyan (Defender) – Persita Jakarta (18 Years)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

Talking about the most loyal player, Sofyan’s loyalty isn’t about his club alone, it’s for his country and his country’s elite league, The Indonesian Super League – Not that he’s an amateur.

Yes, he may have played for a couple of club sides in the Indonesian league, but his love and unwavering support for his country is immeasurable.

Sofyan currently plays for Persita Jakarta, a club he joined in 2002 that has made him become the longest-serving player in the club until now. The 41year-old right full-back is a free-kick specialist. He was only privileged to play for the Indonesian National Team for just 53 times.

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

As of July 2020, Lewinton is the longest-serving player for a single club in English League having spent sixteen years with The Dons.

The English left-back joined MK Dons after a successful spell with Wimbledon in 2004. Lewington, 32, has made over seven hundred appearances with more than 250 different team-mates.

He’s witnessed two promotions and relegations as the club’s captain for the years he’s been at MK Dons and he’s grateful for the sort of longevity he’s had.

He told daily mail in 2016 ‘It’s not like the Premier League where you get five-year deals. It is one or two years. When we won promotion to the Championship in 2015, I was out of contract on the final day as we were celebrating.’

  • Koji Homa (Goalkeeper) – Mito HollyHock (21 Years)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

Undoubtedly a popular figure in the Japanese league, the 43-year-old goalkeeper currently plays for the above-named club in the second tier of the Japanese League, J2.

After graduating from high school, he joined the J1 League side Urawa Reds in 1996 but couldn’t play more often before crossing to Mito HollyHock in 1999 and never looked back.

He’s helped Mito HollyHock achieve some amazing feats since he joined in 1999 with the biggest of them being the promotion of the club to J2 in 2000.

In his twenty-one-year sojourn with the club, Koji Homma holds the record for the player with the highest number of matches played in J2.

  • Lee Casciaro (Forward) – Lincoln Red Imps (22 Years)

7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players

The 38-year-old Gibraltar striker scored the only goal of the game when his Gibraltarian minnows club (Lincoln Red Imps) shocked Celtic and to a larger extent, the rest of Europe in their Champions League qualifier at the Victoria Stadium in 2016,

Cascario, 39, has been at the club since he was eight years old and has spent twenty-three years as a first-team member.

It should be agreed that Lincoln Red Imps was made for Cascario, given that two of his younger brothers have played for the club as well.

With three international goals, Lee Henry Cascario is currently Gibraltar’s all-time goalscorer since the 33,684 populated nation joined UEFA.

 

Honorable Mentions

    • Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao): 11 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Tarantini (Rio Ave): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Stefan Radu (Lazio): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Vincent Manceau (Angers SCO): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Anthony Lopes (Lyon): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Koke (Atletico Madrid): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Roberto Torres (Osasuna): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Gerard Pique (Barcelona): 12 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow): 12 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Mario Gaspar Perez (Villarreal): 12 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow): 13 years, 1 month, 3 days
    • Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur): 13 years, 1 month, 10 days
    • Volodymyr Chesnakov (Vorskla Poltava): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • Mahmut Tekdemir (Istanbul Basaksehir): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • Sergio Busquets (Barcelona): 13 years, 2 months, 3 days
    • Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Anton Shunin (Dynamo Moscow): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Marcelo (Real Madrid): 13 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Sammy Bossut (Zulte Waregem): 14 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid): 15 years, 4 days
    • Giorgio Chiellini (Juventus): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Francesco Magnanelli (Sassuolo): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Jessy Moulin (Saint-Etienne): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Oier (Osasuna): 15 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Sergio Alvarez (Celta de Vigo): 16 years, 2 months, 4 days
    • Mark Noble (West Ham United): 16 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Lionel Messi: (Barcelona): 16 years, 8 months, 3 days
    • Denis Sinyayev(FC Avangard Kursk)18 years
    • Ismaeil Matar (Al-Wahda): 19 years
    • Petr Literak(Frýdek-Místek):  22 years

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Erling Haaland was always going to become the ultimate striker and probably the best number 9 on the planet. Also, there’s every possibility that one day, he may become a Ballon D’or winner. But, there’s still one mystery, how did he become the cyborg that he is today?

Haaland continues to be a goal machine, becoming the quickest player in history to reach 20 Champions League goals. His goal from the spot in the UCL round-16 second leg tie against Sevilla was his 20th goal in just 14 appearances in the competition, which broke Harry Kane’s previous record of 24 games.

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UCL- Round of 16 Second Leg – Borussia Dortmund v Sevilla – Signal Iduna Park, Dortmund, Germany – March 9, 2021 Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland celebrates scoring.

“Of course he’s fast, powerful, good around the goal and he’s got real soccer sense. But it’s more of his energy, it’s his infectious personality that I think is like a magnet; it draws people to him, it makes people want to be around him.” Those are the words of Red Bull Salzburg manager, Jesse Marsch.

Grab a handful of popcorn and sit back as we unfold the story behind the rise of this Norwegian beast, goal machine, and keeper’s nightmare, Erling Braut Haaland.

Haaland’s Salzburg Breakthrough

As at when Jesse Marsch was appointed as Salzburg manager, Haaland had been at the club for about six months and had only played one game. And then he went to the U-20 World Cup where he scored nine goals in one game.

From his Salzburg debut, Haaland, who had already impressed at the Norwegian league with Bryne and Molde left observers with no doubt about the quality he possesses.

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Erling Haaland (L) and Dominik Szoboszlai (R) both of FC Salzburg celebrate after the champions league group E match between FC Salzburg and KRC Genk at Salzburg Stadion on September 17, 2019 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Andreas Schaad/Bongarts/Getty Images)

He would become one of the best strikers on the planet because the talent in him was very obvious. In a chat with oh-my-goal, Jesse Marsch revealed that Haaland’s personality was the first thing he fell in love with about Haaland.

“The first couple of days I worked with him, what impressed me more than anything else was his personality on the pitch. He was just relentless! He worked harder than anyone.”

But beyond his raw talent in Salzburg, Erling Haaland left his mark on the locker room with his personality. He had a smile on his face and got along incredibly well with his teammates. Therefore, it wasn’t just his talent, it was his overall energy.

Erling in person had a really positive influence on his teammates. Erling the player, was a selfish assassin who scored 29 goals in 27 appearances for the Austrian club.

Meanwhile, he also always talked about making his teammates happy. “The best memory I Had of him was when we were getting penalties in just about every game, and he was giving them to all the other attacking players.

“And then, after a player missed a penalty, I said Ok, Erling has to take the penalties and I told him he would be taking the penalties”

It’s incredible to have such a talented player who loves to score goals, be the one that is giving the penalty responsibilities to the others because he wants them to feel the power of success, the power of scoring goals, and the power of confidence. That says a lot to me about the character of Erling.” Marsch revealed.

At 19, when most people think about personal glory, Haaland was already a perfect teammate and a future leader which was unprecedented for a player as good as he was and in his age range.

Without a doubt, Haaland’s personality was great enthusiastic and it did really have a big effect on a lot of people at Salzburg.

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Influence

Erling Haaland may owe his incredible rise to his immense talent and his positive leadership qualities. But that’s not all, Cristiano Ronaldo also played a huge role in Haaland’s evolution.

People often say that Erling Haaland is the next Cristiano Ronaldo but is the CR7 comparison justified?

Certainly, Erling is more of a pure striker than Cristiano but from a power football perspective, his ability in the transition to affect games like the Portuguese ace makes the comparison justifiable.

Haaland himself admitted that Cristiano Ronaldo was his role model but if like Cristiano, Erling broke all the goalscoring records, it’s not really the part of football that CR7 has influenced.

Haaland is following in Cristiano Ronaldo’s footsteps in terms of leadership and he even is now a role model to many players just like Ronaldo was to him.

Cristiano Ronaldo has had positive effects on his teammates and in every team, he’s played in which really helped him overtime right from his days at Manchester United and Real Madrid. But for Erling, one could really see that right from his young age that it’s a natural quality he has.

It will be up to Haaland to continue to modify that aspect of himself and mold that in a way that he can become a really strong leader within his teams as he continues to grow older.

Above all, Haaland took inspiration from Cristiano Ronaldo in one essential area, work ethic. Like CR7, he’s always hungry to improve. “He really worked hard a lot. After training, he would stick around to finish, to hit some crosses, to work on his heading.” – Jesse Marsch, RB Salzburg Coach.

Like CR7, Erling Haaland thinks every little detail counts. He would wear special glasses because he felt like when you look at your computer all day long or your cell phone, that your eyes would start to fade and so he had that special glasses he always wears.

And while he has his own personality, Erling is directly inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo especially when it comes to nutrition and work ethic by picking the most hardworking professional football player in history as his role model.

Perfect With BVB

Borussia Dortmund activated his €20 million (£17m/$22m) release clause, beating United and Leipzig to his signature after all three clubs held meetings with the player, his father, and agent Mino Raiola.

Borussia Dortmund already had forward Paco Alcacer on the books, but saw Haaland as such a generational talent, that they were willing to offload the Spain international to give the Norwegian teen an even better chance of success.

CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke says that they had been looking for someone with Haaland’s particular skill set for a long time and could not pass up the opportunity to sign him.

“We always wanted to have a center-forward who has a different way of playing football,” Watzke told Goal and DAZN. “But this guy also had to come onto the market first.

There are not many who are 1.94 meters (6 ft 4 in) tall and that fast. Actually, nobody else comes to mind. It was just an opportunity that you don’t get very often. – Goal.com

Dortmund offered the striker the best chance of regular game time as they promised to make him their first-choice striker, something Alf-Inge Haaland admits is crucial to his development.

Haaland’s Dortmund story got off to the perfect start with the most incredible debut against Augsburg. Trailing 3-1, Lucien Favre sent on the teenager from the bench and was rewarded with a 22-minute hat-trick to help secure a 5-3 win.

Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking RiseErling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise

Erling Haaland Hits 23-Minute Debut Hat-Trick as Borussia Dortmund Beat Augsburg 5-3

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Haaland’s Future

Having revealed all the secrets that make Haaland an outstanding striker, in all honesty, the Norwegian striker has no limit because he keeps getting better at Dortmund.

He was incredible at Salzburg. “We were obviously so sad to lose him so quickly because we had a lot of fun and success with him, but we’re also very proud of him and we’re really excited to see him continue to push himself and move forward and show everybody in the world how good he is.”

And today, he’s showing just how good he is in Germany. He used to only be seen as a superpowered and superfast goalscorer. But at Dortmund? He’s also shown his technical advances and his in-game intelligence and influence.

He’s more and more capable of keeping the ball, playing in different positions, taking part in the game, in short, he’s become the ultimate striker.

Giving his unique skill-set and amazing personality, he will definitely sign for a bigger club in years to come. Yes, he may experience some difficulties, but his quality will help him manage whatever challenge that comes his way and in-turn become the best number 9 of not only his generation but in football history.

 

 

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