What makes a goalscoring machine at age 19? With Erling Haaland, it could be the childhood gray color, passion for football and serious labor attitude.
“Nobody thinks Erling Haaland can go this far,” said Gunnar Halle, a close friend of the Haaland family and a professional coach.
The Norwegian striker is now a global football phenomenon. Even in the digital age, there is rarely a young striker who broke many records like Erling Haaland.
Erling Braut Haaland was born in Leeds in the summer of 2000. His father, Mr. Alf-Inge Haaland was then a player playing football in England. Alf-Inge was the mainstay of Leeds United, the sweltering club of foggy football in the late 20th century.
One month before Erling’s birth, his father decided to move to Manchester City for £ 2.5 million. This is considered a peaceful landing for the Norwegian midfielder in the final phase in England. That’s when he continued to play in the Premier League for a middle-class club.
However, hope quickly became a nightmare for the Haaland family. In April 2001, in the Manchester derby, midfielder Roy Keane had a tackle described as “the most dangerous of all time” with Alf-Inge Haaland.
In that summer, Mr. Alf-Inge went to the operating table in the hope of continuing to play professional football. However, after 2 years of recovery efforts, everything ended.
The Haaland family returned to their home town of Bryne, a small town in Norway with over 12,000 inhabitants. Meanwhile, Mr. Alf-Inge started the real estate business for a living. Younger son Erling was encouraged to pursue a career in football.
Years later, the coaches at Bryne understand they are training a boy with enough potential to become a top star of world football. “It was Erling when he was 11 or 12 years old, he has been scoring goals ever since he was little. We knew this club would be the start of a star,” Berntsen said.