Looking at how smoothly and swiftly Sevilla has been able to regroup anytime they let go of their top players, then it is safe to say, Sevilla FC is no doubt Europe’s king of transfers bargain in the ever-competitive market over the last two decades.
With the kind of players and how well they brought them into the team, they’ve proved to be one of the top clubs in Europe that has made its name and broadened its fortunes through its ability to know when to sign a player, whom to buy through genuine scouting, and when to sell when clubs come calling for the services of their players.
Without mincing words, the club was built on scouting and great recruitment. Although at the end of 2000, the Andalusian side was drowning in huge debt and languishing in the Spanish’s second tier, and also on the verge of selling their stadium in other to offset their debt and to also pay their players.
In all of their difficulties, they were able to bounce back, and since then they’ve gone from strength to strength in terms of their finances and trophies.
After a torrid time in debt and languishing in the second tier, the 21st century can be said to be a blessed century for Sevilla, because it’s was a time where they won the European Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Copa Del Rey, and also won the Europa League five times since 2007. A competition the Andalusian side have made their own.
In Sevilla‘s 110 years of existence and counting, they’ve been one of the decent clubs from Spain that has won trophies. However, the appointment of former goalkeeper Monchi as the sporting director of the club totally changed the fortunes of the team.
After the appointment of Monchi, he was tasked with two objectives by the club, which is to develop the club’s youth system and also implement a vast scouting system both in and outside Spain.
Fortunately, since his appointment, he has been able to justify why the club decided to trust him with the job.
It has been success upon success with the mode of transfer bargaining he has adopted, coupled with the high-quality players progressing through the youth system.
Today, we look at some of Sevilla’s magnificent gems that come with decent bargains from the transfer market, before they later moved on to other clubs.
According to research, since the appointment of Monchi, which has lasted 18 years with Sevilla. What they do is to sell high in the market, after getting the players either for free or cheap in the transfer market.
Over 24 players had cost Sevilla a total of €49m in transfer fees and with the Sporting director orchestrating things for the Andalusian, they were later sold six times the price, which is a combined fee of €295m.
Andrea Palop – (Valencia – Sevilla, Free) & Dani Alves – (Bahia – Sevilla, Loan)
The Spanish goalkeeper was the hero of Sevilla’s UEFA Cup triumph in 2007, he scored the injury-time goal which gave them the chance to progress to the quarter-final before he went on to save three penalties in the final against Ernesto Valverde’s Espanyol.
Palop was signed from Valencia on a free transfer, having been a backup goalkeeper to Santiago Canizares in his six-year stint with the Mestalla side.
During his stint with Valencia he only had 15 game appearances, and also won the league with them in 2002 and 2004 respectively, before he eventually left for Sevilla in the summer of 2005, where he went on to become a legend of the club by winning lot of trophies.
- Dani Alves
The Brazilian right-back Dani Alves is widely considered as one of the best right-backs to have emerged from Brazil. Without a doubt, Alves is one of the best transfer bargains that was orchestrated by Monchi, and since he was signed by the Los Nervionenses for a combined loan and a transfer fee of around €1m, he did prove that he was never a flash in the pan.
Sevilla had their eyes on him in UAE when he was playing for the Brazilian U20 team at the World Cup. After a thorough assessment of the Brazilian, the Andalusian outfit was pleased with his performances and most importantly his talent.
The club went on to acquired his permanent right from FC Bahia which was his parent club before moving down to Sevilla, where he later became an integral part of the team that won a lot of trophies.
Federico Fazio – (Ferro Carril Oeste – Sevilla, €800,000) & Javi Navarro – (Elche – Sevilla, Loan)
Fazio was snapped up by Sevilla in 2007 from Argentine second division side Ferro Carril Oeste for €800,000, following his outstanding performances for the club. He made his professional debut for Ferro Carril Oeste at age 18, when he joined Sevilla he was sent to the second team to help eases his adaptation process and to also help him develop into a much better player.
The Argentine defender enjoyed a fantastic stint with the La Liga side when he broke into the senior team following an injury to Navarro and Escude. He helped Sevilla win promotion to the Spanish second division for the first time in 46 years.
Fazio started the 2007-08 season with Sevilla as one of the important players in the team, as they went on to reach the final of the UEFA Cup.
- Javi Navarro
It’s wasn’t a mistake that Monchi named him among the best XI of players he signed that went on to achieve success with the club. As the captain of the side, Navarro showed tremendous leadership skills and went on to lift five trophies during his stint with Sevilla. Without mincing word, Navarro is well revered as one of the legends of the club due to what he achieved with the club.
Navarro played with Valencia and Elche before moving to Sevilla in 2001, no one would have thought he’s going to be one of the best Sevilla’s player when he joined from Elche. Surprisingly Navarro defied all odd and went on to captained the team and also played an integral role in their triumph in the back to back UEFA Cups in 2006 and 2007.
Martin Caceres – (Barcelona – Sevilla, Loan) & Adriano – (Coritiba – Sevilla, $2.31m)
The Los Palanganas exercised the option of signing the Uruguayan defender from Barcelona on a four-year deal having done well with the club. Caceres was sent on loan by Barcelona to Juventus when he failed to hit the ground running for the Catalan after he joined from Villarreal for €16.5m in 2008.
At the end of his loan spell with Juventus, he returned to Barcelona, thereafter he was signed by Sevilla in the 2009-10 season.
Caceres made over 25 match appearances for Sevilla and also played in the Europa League. Without a doubt, Caceres is one of the best transfer bargains orchestrated by the sporting director. And, when he was leaving the club, the club made a decent profit on his transfer.
Adriano is also another decent transfer, brought to Sevilla from Coritiba. The Brazilian was an excellent player throughout his time with Sevilla and also went on to score in the 2007 UEFA Cup final, a mouthwatering performance that got him a move to Barcelona.
Adriano Correia is one of the few players who can comfortably play as a defender or a midfielder. The Parana born defender is definitely one of the best Brazilian players that ever graced the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium with his talent. Monchi’s great transfer policy made it possible for him to join Sevilla in his prime.
Julien Escude – (Ajax – Sevilla, Free) & Ivan Rakitic – (Schalke 04 – Sevilla, €1.5m)
When Escude left Ajax for free to join Sevilla, he would never have thought he was heading to a club where he was going to achieve a lot of success as a footballer.
The Frenchman won six trophies during his stint with Sevilla, Escude and Navarro combined fantastically well in the defense during their time to helped the Spanish side triumph in the UEFA Cup in 2006 and 2007.
After a successful stint with Sevilla, on the day he was leaving, Escude was filled with an emotional farewell message at the press conference to the club he holds dearly to heart. With the success Escude achieved, Monchi can boldly say the Frenchman was one of the best players he brought to the club.
- Ivan Rakitic
Ivan Rakitic will always be remembered as one of the finest captains the Andalusian side ever had. The Croatian maestro had one of the finest individual campaigns for Sevilla when he joined from Schalke 04.
His 2013-14 season performances in the Europa League final didn’t go unnoticed as he was named man of the match for his role in Sevilla’s triumph over the Portuguese side Benfica in the final.
Sevilla made cool cash on him following a successful stint when he moved to Barcelona for €20m. A huge gain for a player that was brought in from Schalke for just €1.5m.
Christian Poulsen – (Schalke 04 – Sevilla, Free) & Renato – (Santos – Sevilla, €5m)
Just like other Mochi’s successful transfers, exactly the same story with the Danish midfielder. Poulsen arrived as a free transfer from the German side Schalke 04, and he went on to helped the club to four trophies during his stay.
Poulsen was so good that he was named the best new signing in his first month by Spanish football newspaper ‘Marca’.
Before Poulsen left for Juventus for €10m, following a very successful stint with Sevilla. He became the first player to be named Danish player of the year for two consecutive years when he won the award in 2006, the same season in which Sevilla won the UEFA Cup title and also won the Super Cup.
Renato was well scouted by the scouting team of Sevilla when they cited him playing for the Santos in the Copa Libertadores in 2002. After agreeing on terms to join the La Liga side, the Brazilian denied the report of him joining Sevilla while playing for Brazil at the Copa America, stating that the report of him moving to Spain would unsettle him.
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Following the conclusion of the Copa, Renato moved down to Sevilla on a five years deal, and the rest they say was history as he went on to achieved huge success with the team.
His goal against Barcelona in the UEFA Super Cup and against Real Madrid in the Supercopa de Espana will always be one of the midfielder’s highlights in Sevilla’s jersey, with six trophies to his name during his stint.
Ever Banega – (Valencia – Sevilla, €2m) & Luis Fabiano – (Porto – Sevilla, €1.2m)
Banega was no doubt a fantastic player with a lot of talent in him, he joined the Los Palanganas briefly after the manager that managed him at Valencia (Unai Emery) left for Sevilla.
Banega made his official debut against Valencia in a match that ended in a draw, and since then it’s has been a decision well taken by the Argentine, not because of anything but because of what he’s been able to achieve with Sevilla.
The former Valencia midfielder was named the man of the match in the 2015 UEFA Europa League final against Dnipro, although he left the four walls of Seville to Inter Milan after winning two Europa league for Sevilla.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t replicate the kind of form he showed with Sevilla, he returned back to the city of Seville. He was among Sevilla’s midfielders that orchestrated a 3-2 win over Inter Milan in the 2019/20 Europa League final.
- Luis Fabiano
Luis Fabiano will forever be remembered as one of the finest and lethal strikers that ever donned the jersey of the Los Nervionenses, no wonder why he is still ranked among the highest scorer in the history of the club, winning six trophies.
In fact, Fabiano’s exploit with Sevilla can be regarded as one of the best eras of Monchi’s reign as the sporting director of the club.
Following a torrid time at Porto, Sevilla signed his 25% right from the Portuguese giant and later signed the remaining 10% from the Rio Football Services for €1.2m, when he got to Sevilla he forgot all his worrying time with Porto and went on to achieved success.
Frederic Kanoute – (Tottenham – Sevilla, €6.5m) & Gary Medel – (Boca Junior – Sevilla, €3m)
Following an unsuccessful spell with Tottenham and West Ham United, the Malian forward move down to Spain with Sevilla. With over 290 match appearances and over 136 goals for Sevilla, which made him ranked comfortably among the club’s highest goalscorer in history. A great signing Monchi will always look back to and give himself a thumbs up.
Kanoute can boastfully say he was also part of the UEFA Cup stories of Sevilla when they won it in 2006 against Middlesbrough, he came in to score in the 89th minute to make the scoreline 4-0.
He also made his presence felt in the game between his former team Tottenham, in the 2006-07 UEFA Cup match where he scored a penalty at the Pizjuan stadium to dumped the English side out of the competition.
Kanoute wasn’t just named the greatest signing of Monchi’s era for fun, it was because of his great exploits with the team.
- Gary Medel
Gary Medel was signed the same day Ivan Rakitic was signed from Schalke 04. The Chilean midfielder joined Sevilla for €3m on a four and half years contract from Boca Junior and made his debut against Racing Santander.
One of his finest performances was the 1-1 draw against Barcelona, where he cleared the ball off the goal line twice, which would have been a comfortable win for the Catalan giants.
The Chilean midfielder may not have won a lot of trophies with Sevilla before he left, but he did have a good stint with the club. He was listed among the players that were signed by Monchi on a very decent amount and later left the club in a manner that looks favorable in terms of the profit side.
We may not be able to mention all of the players the sporting director brought to the club, but his contribution has been really fantastic. Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo (Monchi) has been able to model the Spanish club into what other football clubs in Europe could learn from, with sporting triumphs on the pitch very much accompanying business profit in the transfer market through a man that has great bargaining skills.
More importantly, with their current triumph in the Europa League against Antonio Conte led Inter Milan, which made it his 10th trophies in his 18 years plus of being a director and the first since he returned back from AS Roma.
It’s looking like Sevilla and Monchi are set to have a mouthwatering profit once again with the current team, because without a doubt top clubs would come calling for their top players.
And as it stands, with Monchi still at the helm, even if they lose their players to some of the big clubs in Europe, they have their special way of recruiting players. Exactly how they handle Alves, Rakitic’s departure, they know how best to handle any departure, and they would still continue to be a force to reckoned with in the years to come both in the league and Europe.
7 Of The Most Loyal Football Players
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 +)
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)
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)
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)
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.
- Dean Lewington (Defender) – Milton Keynes Dons FC (18 Years)
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)
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)
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.
- 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
Erling Haaland: The Story Behind His Striking Rise
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.