Sergio Aguero Claims Man City Star Is the ‘Next’ Lionel Messi

Sergio Aguero Claims Man City Star Is the ‘Next’ Lionel Messi

Fred Kennedy
  • Sergio Aguero has backed Manchester City striker Erling Haaland to be the next Lionel Messi
  • The former Premier League star cited Haaland's potency, athleticism and 'instinct for goals' as the three key things that could catapult the youngster to greatness
  • Haaland has enjoyed a bright start to life since his switch to the English top flight, having already notched 20 goals for City

Manchester City icon Sergio Aguero believes Erling Haaland has all it takes to be the next Lionel Messi.

Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm since joining City in the summer, with the youngster enjoying a hot streak across competitions.

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Erling Haaland celebrates his hat-trick during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. Photo by Shaun Botterill.
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The Norwegian has already scored an eyewatering 20 goals for the Citizens, with 15 of those coming in the Premier League after just nine outings.

His impressive run of form has earned him praise from all quarters, with many backing the 22-year-old for greatness.

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Aguero compares Haaland to Messi

Aguero is one such high-profile personality in the world of football who has taken note of Haaland's scintillating goal scoring streak.

According to the Premier League legend, the former Borussia Dortmund star is already on course to become the Lionel Messi of the next generation.

Aguero cited Haaland's potency, athleticism and 'instinct for goals' as the three key things that will catapult the young forward to greatness.

"Speaking of Haaland specifically, he's got potency, athleticism and a particular instinct for goals, which makes him very dangerous. He's got everything to keep racking up amazing stats, especially being part of an offensively-minded team like City," Aguero said to Stake via Goal.
"That, in turn, means plenty of opportunities to score. He's young and has a lot of potential to continue breaking records. Key to this, of course, will be consistency," he added.

Pep downplays Messi-Haaland comparisons

Sports Brief had earlier reported that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has claimed that there can be no comparisons to Lionel Messi - as there is nobody on the level of the Argentina captain.

The Spanish tactician has been made to downplay the comparisons between the new Manchester City forward Erling Haaland and the Paris Saint-Germain forward.

Haaland has netted 19 times in just 12 appearances for the Citizens in what is described as one of the best starts for a striker, but Guardiola believes the forward is nowhere near Messi’s quality.