Erling Haaland is one of the world’s most coveted football players.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund strikers had a number of clubs chasing his signature but ultimately he chose to opt for Pep Guardiola’s Man City.
Erling’s father, Alf-Inge Haaland who also played for Man City has come out and explained the exact process how they made their decision.
It makes for fascinating reading!
The pair devised a points system based on criteria, such as whether the club needed to buy a No 9, their playing style, their history and stadium capacity.
Based on the ratings given to each of these factors, City emerged as front-runners.
“On our list, I think City is the best team,” Alfie said in a recent documentary.
“Bayern] Munich is number two. We have Real Madrid as number three, Paris Saint-Germain as number four.”
“We also have some English teams other than City who are quite good.”
“Liverpool and Chelsea. Also, there is Barcelona. They are sort of in the same row.”
Before Alfie continued, saying: “But there was one point separating the top two with the last calculations.”
“One of the criteria is about whether the club needs a No 9. City is ten out of ten in that respect. Bayern Munich gets one point for that, they don’t need a No 9.”
“They have their best player as a No 9, but if he Lewandowski goes, then they have no one else.”
“It would have been quite controversial to go to Munich but when we go through it, it’s one of the best teams.”
“Real Madrid are a five or six out of ten. They have Karim Benzema, and will they get Mbappe?”
The analytical approach seems to have worked as Haaland has taken to the City side like fish to water.
In 10 games so far, he has bagged an astounding 14 goals.