Pep Guardiola believes Haaland on same level as Messi and Ronaldo

Erling Haaland scored a brace against Southampton last night.

The Norwegian striker scored a spectacular bicycle kick in the victory against Southampton.

The victory now takes City within five points of Arsenal at the top of the table.

Haaland has now scored 30 goals in 27 Premier League appearances and could finish the season with more than 40 at this rate.

Manager Pep Guardiola believes Haaland has a similar mindset to Lionel Messi who he coached for four years as Barcelona’s coach.

He advises the 22-year-old striker to steer clear of injuries to try to match the achievements of both Messi and Ronaldo.

“The second goal was amazing. It is not easy to pick the ball up in the sky and put it on the grass,” said Guardiola.

“We need him. The first half was not our best level but he changed the game.

“As a top scorer we lived two incredible decades with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi but he is on that level. He scores a lot of goals. I am very happy with 65 minutes after injury and he helped us again.”


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