Manchester City-bound Erling Haaland tweeted cute images of himself in a Manchester City jersey on his social media accounts on Friday.
For starters, he is known by the nicknames Manchild and Big Earl. Erling Braut Haaland was born on July 21, 2000, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, to his mother Gry Marita Braut, and father Alf-Inge Haaland.
The Norwegian was born as the third and final child of his parents. Because Alf-Inge and Gry Marita’s family lived in England at the time, they had their kid there. Erling’s father was a football player in the English league when he was born in the year 2000.
Erling experienced a plethora of boyish feelings as a result of having a caring big brother in Astor. He now combines all of this into a wonderful childhood memory.
At this point, you might be wondering why Erling Haaland was wearing a Man City shirt at such a tender age. It’s because his father, Alf-Inge Rasdal Haaland, was a member of the club from 2000 to 2003.
Astor Haaland, Erling’s older brother, wasn’t the only one he had. Gabrielle Haaland, his older sister, was also a part of his childhood. They had a wonderful sibling bond with Erling. He was always full of energy as a kid, and also grinned a lot. When he smiles like a Cheshire cat, it brings back memories of his happy early days with Astor and Gabrielle.
Despite the striker’s move from Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad Stadium being agreed on almost a month ago, Man City are yet to officially announce Erling Haaland as their new player.
Why has Haaland not been officially unveiled yet by Manchester City?
On May 10, the club announced that they had struck a deal with Dortmund to sign the 21-year-old, subject to personal terms being agreed upon. He will join the club in a £51 million move, according to reports.
City, on the other hand, have failed to share any photographs or formally acknowledge the striker’s presence at the Etihad Stadium, which has some fans worried.
City’s statement confirming their agreement with Dortmund claimed that the deal would start reading from July 1. The transfer window officially opened on Friday, June 10.
Who is Erling Haaland’s father?
Alf-Inge Haaland, aka Alfie Haaland, is the father of Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland. He is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played for Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, and Man City in the Premier League for ten years between 1993 and 2003, as well as for the Norwegian national team.
Alfie was born in Stavanger, Norway, on November 23, 1972, and joined Byrne FK’s youth system in 1979, before making his professional debut ten years later. During his career, he was a right defender who could also play in midfield, but his career was cut short in 2003 after an iconic tackle by Manchester United star Roy Keane.
Albert Tjland, a striker for Bryne in the Norwegian First Division, has already been compared to his cousin, Erling, at the age of just 18 years old after showing amazing goalscoring heroics at the youth level, and Haaland is his uncle.
Erling Haaland stats for Dortmund
Haaland has 85 goals in 88 games for Dortmund, including 61 goals in 66 Bundesliga games, 15 goals in 13 Champions League games, eight goals in seven DFB Pokal games, and one goal in two German Supercup appearances (an exact ratio of 0.96 goals per game).
Erling Haalands contract
After City activated a 60 million euro (£51.2 million) release clause in his contract, Haaland, 21, will join in July.
The agreement puts an end to the club’s search for a replacement to Sergio Aguero, who joined Barcelona on a free transfer last summer.
“We can confirm that we have achieved an agreement in principle for Erling Haaland’s transfer,” City said.
“The transfer is contingent on the club and the player agreeing to terms.”
Since joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, Haaland has scored 85 goals in 88 appearances for Dortmund, passing his City medical in Belgium on Monday.
What does Erling Haaland bring to Manchester City?
Aside from being a great goal scorer, Haaland is Pep Guardiola’s expected missing puzzle at the Etihad. With his age and his outstanding performance in Dortmund, he will provide physicality and goals for Man City.
Pep Guardiola is said to have been looking for a Central Forward to help him win the missing trophy at Manchester City (UEFA Champions League) since he took over as manager.