ERLING HAALAND has dismissed comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronado, calling them ‘the best players in history’.
Borussia Dortmund star Haaland, 20, has emerged along with Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe, 22, as the next big thing in European football.
Haaland has scored an incredible 33 goals in just 31 games this term, making for 49 strikes in 49 matches since his Dortmund move in January 2020.
European giants including Chelsea, Manchester City, United and Real Madrid have all been linked with record moves.
And with Dortmund struggling to stay in the race for a Bundesliga top four finish, Haaland could find himself in new surroundings this summer.
Many believe the club that wins the race for the Norwegian’s signature could go on to dominate for the next decade.
And some have even declared that Haaland is now better than ageing veterans Messi, 33, and Ronaldo, 36.
The pair, at Barcelona and Juventus respectively, have been the top names in the game for nearly 15 years.
But with a combined age of 69, coupled with both their clubs underperforming, it has been said that Messi and Ronaldo are no longer the forces they once were.
However, Haaland has rubbished suggestions he has already stepped into their shoes.
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And he insists Messi and Ronaldo are probably the two greatest to ever play the beautiful game.
Haaland told Dagbladet: “I think only of myself, to improve my game every day.
“I don’t need to talk about Messi and Ronaldo, probably the best players in history.
“I still need a lot to reach them.”
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