- Manchester United missed out on signing Erling Haaland back in 2020, with the Norwegian instead choosing to join Borussia Dortmund
- When Cristiano Ronaldo was a Juventus player, he weighed in on Haaland and Kylian Mbappe as the rising stars in football
- At the time, the Portugal star had an important message for the two players amid their rise to stardom
Cristiano Ronaldo had previously sent a warning to the likes of Erling Haaland on what it takes to become the best in world football.
As reported by Sports Brief, Haaland has agreed a deal with Manchester City and is set to join the club next season in what is an exciting transfer.
As fate would have it, the Norwegian superstar nearly became a Manchester United player when he was only 18, but Borussia Dortmund beat the Red Devils to his signature.
Haaland would go on to establish himself as a young powerhouse in world football, scoring an impressive 85 goals from 88 appearances during his stint at the Westfalenstadion.
Pep Guardiola will be glad to have acquired Haaland, nearly 12 months after missing out on Harry Kane, who was retained by Tottenham Hotspur.
Ronaldo’s message to Haaland, Mbappe
Cristiano would go on to rejoin Manchester United, where he has continued to thrive despite his advanced age of 37.
The Portugal forward is the club’s top scorer with 24 goals across all competitions and has been the club’s glimmer of hope all season.
In 2021, he was asked to weigh in on upcoming talents like Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
Ronaldo refused to make comparisons, although he had some wise words to the duo.
“It is hard to choose just one player to say this one will be the best,” Ronaldo said as quoted by Express.
“But I think it is exciting to see this new generation of young players, like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, who are coming through.
“Some players can have one or two great seasons, the really great players are the ones that keep doing it season after season, and that is not so easy to do.
“It takes a lot of hard work, and a lot of commitment.”
Man United initiate contact with Super Eagles star
Elsewhere, Victor Osimhen could be heading to the Old Trafford as Manchester United have initiated contact with the player
The Red Devils are unsure of Cristiano Ronaldo’s future at the club and are now making efforts to the potential signing of the Napoli of Italy striker.
United have reportedly been told that the player is valued at €110m, a figure that will break the club’s transfer record.