Jack Grealish poked fun at Manchester City teammate Ruben Dias as Erling Haaland looked stunned at the new FIFA 23 ratings.
Grealish and Haaland were joined by Cole Palmer and Nathan Ake as the players took part in a game where they were asked to guess the ratings ahead of the release of the latest version of the popular computer game.
Haaland came up against defender Dias and Spanish midfielder Rodri in the physical statistic category with Ake, Palmer and Grealish all tasked with guessing who has the higher rating between the trio.
Haaland was confident his would be high. “I think it will be 88 [out of 100].
Grealish then cheekily replied: “I think he should be higher because of the way he bodied Ruben a few years ago.
Grealish was referring to the Champions League quarter-final clash between City and Haaland, then of Borussia Dortmund, in 2021.
Pep Guardiola’s side advanced to the semi-final 4-2 on aggregate but not before a scare, with the Bundesliga side making a game of it.
Haaland was his usual menacing self over the two legs despite not getting on the scoresheet and gave Dias the runaround over the course of the tie, including one moment at the Etihad where he knocked over his opponent with ease.
Haaland was subsequently revealed as 87 for strength and when asked if he thought he’d be higher than midfielder Rodri, the striker joked: “If [Rodri’s stats are] higher, I will leave.”
Rodri pulled out an 84 but it was defender Dias who got the banter in full flow by topping both players with a score of 88, which sparked a shocked reaction from Haaland and a cheeky dig from Grealish.
“Did you not see what Erling done to him two-years ago in the Champions League?,” Grealish responded.
City will be glad to have Haaland on side now, given that he helped sink his former employers in the second round of Champions League matches.
He scored a late goal in City’s 2-1 win over Dortmund at the Etihad.
The Norway international leapt to direct a volley past Alexander Meyer to register his third Champions League goal of the season.
The 22-year-old already has 11 Premier League goals from his first seven games as he aims to fire City to a Premier League and Champions League double.
And Dias will be one man glad he’s no longer facing him.
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