Pep Guardiola Pinpoints Erling Haaland Feat That Messi and Ronaldo Could Not Achieve

Pep Guardiola Pinpoints Erling Haaland Feat That Messi and Ronaldo Could Not Achieve

Fred Kennedy
updated at February 13, 2024 at 7:21 PM
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  • Pep Guardiola has compared Erling Haaland with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
  • The Manchester City boss is adamant Haaland will reach the football heights of the pair
  • Haaland has enjoyed a fine run of form with City since he joined them in the summer of 2022

Pep Guardiola has highlighted an 'unbelievable' Erling Haaland feat that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo could not achieve.

Both Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as two of the greatest footballers of all time.

However, with the duo in the sunset years of their careers, the likes of Haaland and Kylian Mbappe have emerged as the heir apparent for the pair.

Erling Haaland in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium. Photo by James Gill.
Erling Haaland in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Everton FC at Etihad Stadium. Photo by James Gill.
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So much so that Guardiaola has compared his starman's incredible goalscoring record to that of Messi and Ronaldo.

Last Saturday, Haaland was twice on target as Manchester City edged Everton 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

City are now gearing up for the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 against FC Copenhagen, in a match Haaland will be desperate to continue his goalscoring streak.

Guardiola compares Haaland to Messi and Ronaldo

Speaking ahead of the Tuesday night cracker, Guardiola underscored Haaland's goalscoring prowess, highlighting that the towering striker's record in the competition beats that of Messi and Ronaldo when they were 23.

"You see his numbers at his age; in the Champions League not even [Leo] Messi or Cristiano [Ronaldo] had these numbers at his age. The numbers are unbelievable and that happens because he scored goals with us, Salzburg, BVB - he scores goals everywhere," he said via Sportskeeda.

Haaland has scored an eyewatering 40 goals in just 35 Champions League games following his impressive streak with RB Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund, and now Man City.

Messi had hardly crossed the 10-goal mark in the Champions League, while Ronaldo had just eight.

Be that as it may, Ronaldo remains the competition's all-time top scorer, per UEFA, with 140 goals, 11 more than Messi's 129.

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