Cristiano Ronaldo insists Erling Haaland must continue to work hard

Cristiano Ronaldo insists Erling Haaland must continue to ‘work hard and perform season after season to become great’ as Manchester United look to sign the Borussia Dortmund star to play with him

  • United star Cristiano Ronaldo says he is excited by the next generation of players
  • The 36-year-old striker named Erling Haaland as one of the best young talents
  • Ronaldo rates Haaland but insists the German star must continue to ‘work hard’
  • He says Haaland must keep doing what he has been doing to become ‘great’ 

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is excited by the next generation of players and named Erling Haaland as one of the best young talents. 

Haaland’s contract at Borussia Dortmund expires in the summer of 2023 and the German club are reportedly set to hold talks with Manchester United. 

Ronaldo rates Haaland but insists the German star must continue to ‘work hard’ and keep doing what he has been doing ‘season after season’ to become ‘great’.

Cristiano Ronaldo says he is excited by the next generation of players – including Haaland 

Ronaldo has scored 13 goals in 18 appearances since making his sensation return to Manchester United. However, his arrival has not changed the club’s plans regarding Haaland. 

Manchester United have been long-term admirers of Haaland and have tried to acquire his signature on several occasions. 

When asked about Haaland’s future, Ronaldo said to The Mirror: ‘It is hard to choose just one player to say this one will be the best. 

‘But I think it is exciting to see this new generation of young players, like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe, who are coming through. 

Ronaldo rates Haaland (above) but insists the German star must continue to ‘work hard’ and keep doing what he has been doing ‘season after season’ to become ‘great’


Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick is reportedly pushing to sign Erling Haaland

‘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.’

However, the prospect of linking up with Ronaldo is something Haaland says he would be excited about. 

The striker said last year ‘I would love to meet him and tell him that I’m a footballer thanks to him. For me, he’s always been a role model.’ 

‘I think only of myself, to improve my game every day,’ Haaland continued. ‘I don’t need to talk about Messi and Ronaldo, probably the best players in history. I still need a lot to reach them.’ 

Rangnick has recently spoken to Haaland’s father Alf-Inge (left) about a move to United 

Sportsmail previously reported that Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick had spoken to Erling Haaland’s father Alf-Inge over a potential deal.  

It is believed that Rangnick and Haaland Snr have a ‘cordial relationship’ from the German coach’s time as Red Bull sporting director.

Rangnick was said to be involved in the forward’s move to Red Bull Salzburg from Molde nearly three years ago.

However, Real Madrid are still said to be the favourites when it comes to landing the. striker. 




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