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Manchester City striker Erling Haaland has said he mastered the art of moving in the penalty area by watching Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 23-year-old had a record-breaking debut season last campaign at City, netting 52 goals in 53 games. He also finished as the runner-up in the 2023 Ballon d’Or after claiming the treble with City last season.
He has continued his impressive performance this season netting 17 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions for City.
Speaking with TV2, the Norwegian backtracked on how he was inspired by the Portuguese legend.
“I remember always watching him on YouTube for his movements in the box: He used to make two or three moves before attacking the space he wanted to be in,” Haaland said.
“It’s kind of a duel in that situation with the centre-backs. It is important to time it perfectly. And the post must be good. If you don’t get a good cross, you wont be able to Score with your head.
“How Cristiano moves, and how he has managed to develop his game. You remember when he played in Manchester United and the first years in Real Madrid, to become more of a striker in Real Madrid.
“It is incredible for him that he manages. But also how he scores the goals. It is the small movements in the box, and being able to deceive the defenders.”