Erling Haaland’s religion: Is he a Christian or Muslim?

A quick look at Erling Haaland's early life for insights into his religion.

Erling Haaland’s religion: Is he a Christian or Muslim?

Erling Haaland (via Manchester City)

Erling Braut Haaland, the 6′ 4″ striker has been synonymous with trophies and goals. The Norwegian is a force of nature and has taken the Premier League by storm after a £52 million transfer to Manchester City. The 23-year-old’s record-breaking debut season precedes his reputation as one of, if not the best strikers in top-flight football.


Haaland finished second in the 2023 Ballon d’Or voting, behind World Cup winner Lionel Messi. The player is rather active on social media and usually doesn’t miss an opportunity to engage with fans and keep them up to date.

However, Haaland has been rather private about his personal life, with not much information available about his life in seclusion. Rumors about the player’s religion and beliefs have been circulating on Football Twitter for a long time.

Is Erling Haaland Christian or Muslim?

To answer the long-standing question about Erling Haaland’s background, here is a brief look into his early life.

Erling Haaland with his father Alf-Inge Haaland
Erling Haaland with his father Alf-Inge Haaland (via Manchester City)

Haaland was born in 2000 while his father Alf-Inge Haaland was playing for Leeds United in the Premier League. However, when Erling turned 3, they moved back to Norway and spent his childhood there. Erling Haaland comes from a Christian family, despite some misconceptions that he is Muslim. But these theories have been spurted due to the Norwegian Viking’s presence online.

Fans believe that Erling Haaland might have Muslim ties due to the nature of his tweets. When he played for Borussia Dortmund, he posted ‘Alhamdulilla’ under a tweet with Mahmoud Dahoud. But, many suspected that it was out of respect for his teammate’s religion.

In another post, Haaland replied with ‘Inshallah’ to a birthday wish, which means ‘God Willing’ in Arabic. This surprised many fans who didn’t know about his possible Muslim connections. It’s important to note that some football players use these terms to express hope, not necessarily their religious beliefs.

As active as Erling is on social media, the Manchester City star remains private about this particular aspect of his personal life. Moreover, the player has yet to make a public statement on his religion or beliefs. The only conclusions one can draw are that the player was born into a Christian family and that Norway is predominantly, a Christian country, with a significant majority of the population Lutheran.


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