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Right from inception, football has been a contact sport, and it has evolved over time from the hearty days of muddy pitches and agricultural tackles to more deadly tackles, as such it’s very hard to fathom not having to see at least one rush of blood to the head from the players, which bring to fore that there is a probability a player gets booked before a game ends.

Sometimes in sport, particularly football its always mind disturbing how footballers contend with a lot of adrenaline, gigantic crowds, antagonizing opposition, and controversial referees.

Fine, you may say they’re professionals and they should be able to contend with all of that, however, we also need to note that they’re all human and not a robot, so in other words, when they misbehave on the pitch it’s quite understandable, but then there is always a need to be more professional.

“I’d waited long enough, I f**k him hard, the ball was there I think, take that you c***, and don’t ever stand over me sneering about fake injures”.

If these statements from former Manchester United captain and Irish legend Roy Keane to Alfe-Inge Haaland former Manchester City and Norway player were anything go by, then you will agree with me that some tackles are sometimes premeditated, while some are not.

As such, you want to ask yourself that with premeditated tackles and non-premeditated tackles, how do some players scaled through, what I term the hurdle of been booked, without receiving any card in the course of their footballing career without been sent off as a professional footballer.

Ironically, there are a lot of football stars who are clean, that is those who never got booked in the course of their footballing career and some that are still much active

Philip Lahm (Germany) & Raul Gonzalez (Spain)

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

In 2014, ‘Magic Dwarf’ as he was usually called by the fans, lay to bed his el grand legacy footballing career as a legend, before retiring there were questions from all corners that, would Lahm be able to avoid a red card before he retires?

Lo and behold the German international was fortunate enough to be classified among the players who never got sent off in his entire footballing career.

The former Bayern Munich captain played his entire career as a defender, and occasionally he was deployed into a deed lying midfield role when Pep Guardiola was in charge of the Bavarian team, and during his entire stint with Bayern Munich and Germany, he never received the dreaded early bath as the case may be.

In his entire career, Lahm played over 448 matches overall for club, while his international appearances also take a large chunk of over 113 caps for Germany, meanwhile how the ‘Magic Dwarf’ managed to escape being sent off or get red-carded still remain a mystery, which shows he was one of the cool-headed players to ever played the round leather game.

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Raul Gonzalez Blanco is arguably one of the men your mind would bend towards, the Real Madrid legend won almost everything during his dignified club and national career.

Raul had 683 appearances and scored 275 goals overall in all of the four clubs he played for professional, and during his incredible career he won the La Liga title, European Championship, and Champion League to name few, and to crown his illustrious career the Spaniard was never given a marching order both at the club and national level.

Gary Lineker (England) & Damien Duff (Ireland)

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Lineker was regarded as one of the greatest English strikers, also the former Three Lions forward is also the only player to have been the top scorer in England with three clubs, Everton, Leicester City, and Tottenham Hotspur.

The amazing thing about his career is that he never received a yellow or a red card during his 16-year career both at club level and national team, and as a result of that he was honored by FIFA with the FIFA Play Award in 1990.

Lineker’s career comes with over 647 competitive games and a total of 258 goals, after he laid his career to bed he was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame, which is a testament to how fantastic the career of the former Barcelona forward was.

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No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Damien Duff also falls among the clean and no blemish players as the case may be in this piece, the former Irish winger did enjoy an illustrious career in the Premier League with Blackburn between 1996-2003 with 185 appearances, Chelsea in 2003-06 with 81 appearances and 14 goals, Newcastle in 2006-09 with 69 match appearances and 5 goals to his name.

Fulham with 130 match appearances and 15 goals. He also had a stint with Melbourne City and Shamrock Rovers where he had a combined 24 match appearances and one goal.

He also had over 100 caps at the national level for the Irish national team, amazingly during his footballing career, he racked in an incredible 589 games, scoring 70 times across his 18 years, and was never been sent off.

Ryan Giggs (Wales) & Andres Iniesta (Spain)

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Former Wales and Manchester United legend played over 672 games for the Red Devils in his illustrious 24 years career, during all of this period the former United winger was never ordered off the pitch.

Meanwhile, Giggs only had one blemish on his career at the national level with the Welsh national team with 64 caps, when he was shown a second yellow in the 86th minute of his country’s World Cup qualifier against Norway

However, that doesn’t tarnish his unblemished club record where he never received a marching order.

Giggs won the FA Cup, two Champions League, a FIFA Club World Cup, Intercontinental Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and nine FA Community Shield, no wonder he’s regarded as one of the most decorated footballers of all time during his stint with United which comes with 13 Premier League titles.

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

With Andres Iniesta on this list, you shouldn’t be surprised, the former Barcelona captain had shown over time while still very active that he’s a cool-headed player, the Spaniard had an amazing career filled with trophies at club and international levels.

Iniesta made his first-team debut at the age of 18 in 2002, in 2004-05 season he began playing regularly for the Catalan giant and since then he has been an integral member of the Barcelona team until 2018 when he left for Vissel Kobe in the Japanese league.

He made over 665 appearances for his club and country without been sent off, he was also part of the historic side that won the treble in 2009 and 2015, Iniesta’s 35 trophies include nine La Liga titles, four UEFA Champions League, and many other trophies which makes him one of the most decorated Spanish footballer of all time.

Karim Benzema (France) & Michel Platini (France)

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

The Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema falls into the categories of football stars both active and retired who have never been sent off in the course of their careers, the Frenchman joined Los Blancos in 2009 with a transfer fee worth over €35 million.

He reached prominence in his second season with Real Madrid scoring 32 goals, having struggled in his debut season.

Since his second season, it has been success upon success for the former Lyon forward. He won the La Liga twice in 2011-12 and 2016-17, the Copa Del Rey titles twice also in 2010-11, and 2013-14, Supercopa De Espana in 2012, 2017, the UEFA Champions League in 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18.

The UEFA Super Cup in 2014, 2016, 2017 was also among the titles he won with Real Madrid, likewise the FIFA World Cup in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018. He also had a decent time with the French national team up until his saga with the French FA, Benzema has played over 338 matches for the Los Blancos and still counting.

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Although some of the younger generations may not have seen Michel Platini play, I believed the oldies can relate, the former Ballon d’Or winner could be referred to as a demigod for the french national team.

The triple Ballon d’Or winner played over 512 games for club and country without any disciplinary blemish to his name, the Frenchman said in a statement in 2014 “Football was more violent then, nowadays referees protect players better than before with yellow and red cards which is great for the spectacle”.

Platini doesn’t only hold a legendary status with the French national team, he was also well respected at Juventus, as such he is regarded as one the greatest footballers of all time, and in recognition of his achievements he was named a Chevalier of the Legio d’honneur in 1985 and became an officer in 1998.

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Gaetano Scirea (Italy) & Aaron Hughes (North Ireland)

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Scirea is one of only five players in European football history to have won all international trophies for football clubs recognized by UEFA and FIFA.

The Italian is also one of only nine players in the history of European football that won all three major UEFA football tournaments, a feat he managed while playing for the ‘Old Lady’ Juventus, where he spent the majority of his career, before a stint with Atlanta.

He was unanimously regarded as a ‘Gentleman’ of Italian football, which really sounds weird if we are to look at how brutal Italian defenders could be. He distinguished himself for his honesty and elegance on and off the pitch, in his 16 years professional career he became the first player to win all three major UEFA club trophies alongside Antonio Cabrini.

Scirea played at the international level for the Azzurri national team for more than a decade, during which he was an undisputed member of Italy’s defensive line up until he retired in 1986, he won the world cup with the Italian national team in 1982.

He also played in two world cup where they finished fourth place in 1978, and the UEFA Euro in 1980 which they also finished fourth, he played over 513 games overall in his career and scored 25 goals, and during those periods the ‘Gentleman’ was never sent off.

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

The former Fulham defender Aaron Hughes, amassed over 455 appearances in the Premier League and over 103 caps for North Ireland without ever warranting a red card, which shows how cool-headed and disciplined Hughes was.

According to him, he believes “when you’re sent off, you’re instantly the loser”. very thoughtful of Hughes, because been sent off often gives more advantage to the opponent to do the damage in a match when a particular player receives a marching order.

Hughes is well renowned for his disciplined defending, and he mainly played as a center back but was also used at right-back or left-back, as well as a midfielder during his career in the Premier League.

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Giorgos Sideris (Greece) & Jan Popluhar (Czech)

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Sideris led the Olympiacos attack for 11 years from 1959 and he was well renowned for his scoring prowess in Greece, he scored over 222 goals in 283 games including 70 goals in the Greek Cup and six in the final.

In 1970 he became the first Greek footballer to move abroad when he signed for Royal Antwerp in the Belgian league.

He was also known for his power and battles with defenders, and he became the leading scorer three times in the Greek championship with 29 goals in 1965, 22 goals in 1967, before he moved to Belgium having finished second behind Bulgarian Petar Zhekov, and throughout his career, he was never dismissed.

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Another player that also falls on this list, is Popluhar, the former Slovan Bratislava defender played over 306 matches during his career, he was also voted the best Slovakian player of the 20th century.

He won the fair play award in 1967 for his discipline and was never sent off in 306 league fixtures and 62 international appearances for Slovakia.

Cuneyt Tanman (Turkey) & Andrej Kvasnak (Czech)

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Tanman was known for his leadership quality and a refined captain for Galatasaray, he won two Turkish Championships and Cups with the Istanbul giant in 1980.

During his 17 years career, Tanman never saw red or been dismissed while playing actively as a professional footballer for Galatasaray and the Turkish national team.

No Blemish: Football Stars Who Have Never Been Sent Off

Andrej Kvasnak played for Sparta Praha during his career, and during his stint with Praha, he was voted Sparta Praha player of the century.

He was also part of the Czech national team World Cup squad that finished runner up in 1962, Kvasnak was so disciplined that he was never sent in 433 club fixtures during his career, and was also famous for offering referees help in calming down any flashpoints.

 

 

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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.

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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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