Kevin De Bruyne backs Manchester City teammate Erling Haaland to keep scoring goals and match levels of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

    Kevin De Bruyne believes Manchester City teammate Erling Haaland is obsessed with goals and can match Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The striker has had a flying start to life at Manchester City, top scoring with 24 goals across 19 matches in all competitions this season.

    Haaland has been an excellent summer signing for Manchester City

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    Haaland has been an excellent summer signing for Manchester City

    Already, the summer signing from Borussia Dortmund is proving to be a success and he is the driving force behind Manchester City’s hunt for trophies this season.

    He has also formed a fine partnership with creator-in-chief De Bruyne, who believes Haaland can easily match the records set by Messi and Ronaldo over the last decade.

    “Erling is so obsessed with goals. He already has about 200 goals, so he can probably go to 600, 700 or 800 if he stays fit and does the things that he does,” the playmaker said.

    “Erling is a top-level striker. I don’t see Erling as different to a lot of people. He is a normal football player like everybody else and he doesn’t take himself too seriously,” De Bruyne added.

    Haaland has played for Byrne, Molde, Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City in his senior professional career and has netted 179 times in 219 appearances.

    Additionally, he has also scored 21 times for Norway’s senior national team in just 23 appearances and is on course to become their all-time top scorer.

    De Bruyne believes Haaland will go to the very top

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    De Bruyne believes Haaland will go to the very top

    De Bruyne believes Haaland has the professionalism to go to the very top and he also takes enough time for himself to enjoy life off the pitch.

    “When you talk about professional footballers or professional athletes, everybody has that little edge. I don’t think you can become a professional player if you don’t have that little something to become the best version you can be.

    “He is still a young boy enjoying his life and he takes his football very seriously. He loves scoring goals, so I think that is the most unique thing he has.”

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