- Zlatan Ibrahimovic an inspiration for Erling Braut Haaland11:24 | 27/09/2019
RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland hopes he can follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored over 500 goals in his career
The 19-year-old has emerged as one the most highly-rated young players in Europe and he added to his glowing reputation by scoring a first-half hat-trick on his Champions League debut in RB Salzbueg’s 6-2 thrashing of Genk last week.
RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland scored nine goals in a game for Norway U20s in May
“There is something about the way he got good and the way he plays,” Haaland told Norwegian channel TV2.
“For me, Zlatan is the biggest. He is from Scandinavia, so someone has to take over from him.”
Evergreen striker Ibrahimovic has scored 27 goals in 26 MLS games this season
LA Galaxy striker Ibrahimovic has played for some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Barcelona, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.
The 37-year-old scored 29 goals in 53 appearances for Manchester United before moving to the United States, and Haaland admits he too would like to play in the Premier League.
“I have dreamed of playing for the best clubs in the world my whole life, and I especially like English football,” he added.
Haaland says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had a huge influence on his career
The youngster is the son of former Leeds and Manchester City player Alf-Inge Haaland who was a former international team-mate of Manchester United boss Solskjaer.
Solskjaer brought the young striker to Molde from fellow Norwegian side Bryne in 2017, and Haaland credits Solskjaer for playing a major role in his rapid rise.
“He has had a huge impact on my life, both as a person and as a trainer,” said Haaland. “He won the Champions League and was an incredibly good player. He has taught me a lot, he is a fantastic person and a very good coach. He is one of the reasons I am here today.”
Source – Sky Sport
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