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“I don’t need this” – Haaland distances himself from Ronaldo, Ibrahimovic comparisons

Manchester City marquee summer signing, Erling Haaland has retirerated that he will not crave the spotlight like other big names in the game of football he has grown up looking at – namely Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Haaland said this in a conversation with Sky Sports ahead of his first Premier League game against West Ham United on Sunday.


The Norway international joined the reigning Premier League Champions from Borussia Dortmund in a club-record deal worth £51 million this summer.

Speaking ahead of the season opener, Haaland said, “I don’t need this [the spotlight, like Ronaldo or Ibrahimovic]. I love to have a joke on Instagram here and there, but other than that, I like to relax and have fun. Basically, enjoy what I’m doing.

“I’m a player that’s hungry for goals, gives 100 percent and wants to win every single game. As a person, I’m a quiet person, I love to laugh and have fun. But in the end, I’m a relaxed person.”

Meanwhile, Newspremises had previously reported that, Kevin De Bruyne could hardly hide his anger at Haaland during their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool during the Community Shield on Saturday, July 30, 2021.

De Bruyne and Haaland were included into City’s starting lineup during the Premier League curtain-raiser staged at the King Power Stadium.

However, the two were unable to strike the perfect partnership many fans had hoped for as they struggled to link up during the clash.

The duo’s inability to be on the same wavelength left De Bruyne frustrated at one point, with the Belgian forced to pull rank to give his new teammate a Man City reality check.

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