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“It takes a lot of hard work”- Cristiano Ronaldo details the mantra for greatness for Erling Haaland as United eye the forward

Cristiano Ronaldo compared Erling Haaland to Kylian Mbappe and mentioned the areas in which the Norwegian needs to improve.

It is immensely difficult to impress Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese talisman’s fans would know that there have not been many instances in his career that Cristiano Ronaldo has said something good about a player – especially a youngster. However, the 36-year old has a fine skill of identifying gems as the few players that he has complimented, ended up being absolute legends. 

One of the next-gen footballing stars that Cristiano keeps an eye on is PSG striker Kylian Mbappe who has idolised the Portuguese from a very young age. Cristiano Ronaldo had identified the talent in the Frenchman long back ago when he was still at his childhood club AS Monaco

Till 2019, Kylian Mbappe was the lone frontrunner in the list of youngsters who could replace Messi and Ronaldo at the very top of the game but with the emergence of Norway’s inevitable goal machine Erling Haaland in 2020, the tables turned completely. After joining Borussia Dortmund, Haaland kept on breaking every record that Kylian Mbappe had established in the past few years and he did so at an unbelievable pace, baffling the whole world. 

Erling Haaland signed for Borussia Dortmund in 2019.

As it now stands, the Erling Haaland vs Kylian Mbappe debate has become almost as interesting as the decade long rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi. 

Both the youngsters in concern have been linked to big moves in the upcoming transfer window. While Kylian Mbappe’s transfer to Real Madrid is almost certain, Erling Haaland’s fate remains under a cloud of confusion. 

Almost all of Europe is interested in securing the signatures of the 21-year old but only a few top tier clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Chelsea can afford to buy him. 

Cristiano Ronaldo on Kylian Mbappe vs Erling Haaland

Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland

Amid such transfer speculations, Cristiano Ronaldo has opened up on his thoughts about the Norwegian striker which might be a great referral given that his club Manchester United are already so eager to buy Haaland. 

Ronaldo, who has always been pro-Mbappe, could not pick one out of the two players in concern. He said, ‘It is hard to choose just one player to say this one will be the best. 

‘But I think it is exciting to see this new generation of young players, like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, who are coming through. 

‘Some players can have one or two great seasons, the really great players are the ones that keep doing it season after season, and that is not so easy to do.

‘It takes a lot of hard work, and a lot of commitment.’

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