Atletico Madrid Boss Diego Simeone Makes ‘Unreal’ Erling Haaland and Alvaro Morata Comparison

Atletico Madrid Boss Diego Simeone Makes ‘Unreal’ Erling Haaland and Alvaro Morata Comparison

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at November 15, 2023 at 6:44 AM
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  • Diego Simeone has drawn parallels between Alvaro Morata and Erling Haaland
  • The Atletico Madrid boss believes Morata and the Man City No.9 are statistically on the same level
  • Both strikers will lead their respective nations in the upcoming Euro 2024 Qualifiers

Diego, Atletico Madrid's manager, has boldly asserted that Alvaro Morata is "on par" with Manchester City's prolific goal-scorer, Erling Haaland.

The long-serving Rojiblancos tactician drew parallels between Atletico's in-form striker and Manchester City's iconic No.9, Haaland, asserting that the Spanish player's statistics are comparable to the Norwegian's.

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Diego Simeone believes Alvaro Morata is on par with Erling Haaland. Photos by David S.Bustamante/Soccrates, NurPhoto and James Gill - Danehouse
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What Simeone said about Morata and Haaland

"Alvaro Morata is on par with Erling Haaland. In terms of goals and his numbers, he can certainly be compared to him," Simeone told Manu Carreno's podcast, El Larguero as cited by GOAL.

Morata vs Haaland

To some extent, Simeone's claim may hold merit, especially considering the 31-year-old's impressive goal-scoring form in the 2023-2024 campaign.

According to Transfermarkt, Morata has contributed to 15 goals (12 goals and three assists) in 15 games across all competitions, highlighting his current run of excellent form.

However, Haaland, the Norwegian goal-scoring phenomenon, significantly outshines his Spanish counterpart. The 2023 Ballon d'Or runner-up boasts an astonishing 21 goal contributions (17 goals and four assists) in 18 matches across all competitions, averaging a goal every 89 minutes.

For a comprehensive perspective, Sofascore's Attribute Overview indicates that Morata falls notably short of Haaland across various aspects, including Attacking, Creativity, Defending, Tactical, and Technical.

This overview spans the last two years, comprehensively evaluating the players' performances.

Alvaro Morata

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What's next for Morata and Haaland?

Both strikers are set to represent their respective national teams during the upcoming international break.

Morata is expected to lead Spain as they face Cyprus on November 16, while Haaland's Norway takes on Faroe Islands on the same day in the Euro 2024 qualifying matches.

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Haaland, 3 others backed to win Ballon d'Or

Sports Brief also reported that the race for the 2024 Ballon d'Or award is on, with some players already making a case.

English pundit Jamie Carragher, speaking on CBS Sports Golazo after the UEFA Champions League round four, dropped names he thinks would battle for the award: Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane, Haaland, and Mbappe.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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