The 22-year-old goal scoring phenomenon, Erling Haaland, was highly sought after in this year’s summer transfer window, as Europe’s elite clubs circled the lethal marksman. The Norwegian brings a seemingly guaranteed supply of goals and his highly sought-after services saw interest from the likes of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona.
His £51 million summer transfer to Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund, instantly transformed the English Champions to odds on favourites for the title once again, with many pundits jokingly claiming that the league was already over. But if you take a look at his statistics it’s easy to understand why there is so much excitement about Haaland’s arrival in the Premier League.
Erling Haaland’s goal scoring record
Bryne (2016 – 2017) 0 goals, 16 appearances (aged 15/16)
Molde (2017 – 2019) 20 goals, 50 appearances
Red Bull Salzburg (2019 – 2020) 29 goals, 28 appearances
Borussia Dortmund (2020 – 2022) 86 goals, 89 appearances
Haaland became the first ever player to score 25 goals in his first 25 Bundesliga appearances and became the youngest and quickest to net 50 times in the competition. Since signing for Dortmund in January 2020, only Bayern’s Lewandowski (123) and PSG’s Kylian Mbappé (93) scored more competitive goals in Europe’s big five leagues than Haaland (86).
He also completed a hat-trick in his first ever Champions League game, ensuring an impressive 6-2 victory for Red Bull Salzburg over Genk. The striker is also one of only four players to have found the net in their first five Champions League games. All of which explains why fans and experts are so excited, and why he is expected to win the Golden Boot in the football betting tips.
A natural athlete, Haaland is blessed with two sporting parents. His father Alfe was also a footballer for Manchester City and Norway, while his mother, Gry Marita Braut, was a successful heptathlete. However, when he was a teenager, Erling was tall and thin, and not the powerful figure that we see today. So just how did he manage such a transformation?
Like many elite players, Haaland has his own personal chef to prepare his meals and a carefully controlled regime sees him eat up to 4000 calories a day. Chicken and pasta without salt or oil are the staples, while fresh fish – including swordfish – cooked with fresh vegetables are regularly consumed. Snacks and sugary treats are a not allowed except for fruit and nuts.
While most people are inspired by Christiano Ronaldo’s football skills, it is said that hearing a story about the Portuguese star and his legendary eating habits and fitness regime, inspired Haaland to follow suit. His father Alfie admits that his son is far more professional than he ever was as a player, and the sacrifices he has made in order to improve as a footballer are certainly paying off.
Erling Haaland typical meal plan:
Breakfast: Eggs, juice, avocado, toast and omelettes – including ham and cheese.
Lunch: Grilled chicken breast, rice, vegetables and salad.
Dinner: Fish or pasta with vegetables and salad.
Snacks: smoothies, nuts and fruit.
During Haaland’s recent Manchester City medical he discovered that he had grown a centimetre, highlighting his impressive physique was still evolving. While diet plays a huge part in that, it’s the incredible fitness regime that the Norwegian puts himself through that results in his power and goal scoring prowess.
Just check out Haaland’s Instagram account and you will see him going through some of his intense fitness drills, including sprints, resistance training, shooting, football skills and weights. A lot of his work is focused on lower and core body to ensure he has great balance and leg strength for shooting.
A typical work out will include sprints, uphill sprints, resistance training, biking, rowing machine, core work and strength training. The Premier League is a different challenge to the German Bundesliga with its quicker and more physical style of football, so fitness and strength will play a huge part if Haaland is to continue his success at this level.
Manchester City Debut
The small, slim fifteen-year-old who made his debut for Norwegian side Byrne in 2016, is now a 6ft 5inch athlete who is well on his way to becoming a footballing superstar. Having just turned 22, he is now learning from the best manager in the world in Pep Guardiola and training with an elite group of talented players.
Can Haaland succeed in the premier League and continue where he left off in Germany? If his debut for Manchester City is anything to go by, with two goals against West Ham in a 0-2 win at the London Stadium, the answer is yes he can.
With sterner tests still to come and a long season ahead, it won’t all be plain sailing for the striker, but it would take a brave person to bet against him lifting a trophy or two this year. Premier League defences had better watch out.
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