- Cristiano Ronaldo's goals record has inspired RB Salzburg striker Erling Haaland to eat the same foods to be among top scorers
- The 19-year-old has scored 15 goals in 12 appearances for club and country this season
- Haaland netted nine goals against Honduras at the U-20 World Cup in Poland
Cristiano Ronaldo unknowingly inspired the career of Salzburg forward Erling Haaland, who netted nine goals in Norway's 12–0 win over Honduras, at the U-20 World Cup in Poland.
At the last count, the 19-year-old has netted 15 times in 12 games for club and country this season, including a hat-trick against Genk on his Champions League debut, and presently enjoys a diet of fish courtesy of Ronaldo's influence.
According to a Sportbible report, Erling’s father - Alfie Haaland, former Man City and Leeds City star, revealed his son went the extra mile by taking after Ronaldo’s diet after watching former Man United teammate Patrice Evra tell the Portuguese star story.
"I had to be determined to make it in the game. But Erling made all the sacrifices, leaving home at 16 to move to Molde, and he is a lot more professional than I was," the 46-year-old ex-football star was quoted as saying on ESPN.
"He was told a story by Patrice Evra about a lunch he had with Ronaldo and Cristiano had fish, nothing else.
"Erling now tries to do the same things because Ronaldo is 34 and still at the top of the game, so it shows the value of doing the right things."
The teenager netted against Liverpool on Wednesday night, October 2, with a Salzburg side, who have netted 43 times in 12 games so far this campaign.
Liverpool’s boss Jurgen Klopp could not stop at applauding the youngster’s qualities.
"He is a wonderful player: very young, very confident, very quick. He looks clear minded and focused on the pitch.
"He looks a decent player and is in the perfect place at the moment. I hope he can play as long as possible."
Interestingly, despite his love for Ronaldo’s diet, Erling recently admitted Zlatan Ibrahimovic has now emerged his biggest football idol thanks to his contributions to world football.
At the last count, the Swedish forward, who plied his trade with top clubs that includes Barcelona, AC Milan and Man United, is now the iconic figure Haaland wants to emulate.
"I had a lot of role models and I have seen many good players, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the biggest one for me - how he became so good, the [path] he took, the way he plays," Haaland was quoted as saying during an interview with TV2.
"Also, he is Scandinavian, so someone has to take over from him,” Haaland summed up.
Legit.ng reported earlier that Liverpool got their Champions League title defence back on track following their 4-3 win over Austrian topflight side Red Bull Salzburg at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The Reds got the game off to a bright start in the very first minute as Sadio Mane and Andrew Robertson tried breaking into their visitor's danger zone.
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