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“Alvaro Morata Is on Par With Erling Haaland” – Atletico Madrid Boss Diego Simeone Makes Bizarre Comparison

Published 11/13/2023, 11:16 PM EST

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Erling Haaland is currently debated as one of the best strikers in the world. Within a few years, the Norwegian superstar has cemented his name in the soccer world and has been likened to revered stars. However, this time the comparison made dropped the jaws of the fanbase in quite a confusing manner. The striker’s name has been taken in yet another comparison, where Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone claims Alvaro Morata is equivalent to Haaland. 

The soccer community is eager to learn more about his thoughts on these two remarkably different types of strikers. What was Simeone’s reasoning behind the same?

Simeone makes a peculiar comparison between Haaland and Morata based on metrics

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When it comes to the best strikers, the name Erling Haaland shines like a beacon. The youngster has been compared to some of the biggest names in the soccer world, like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. However, this time, the 23-year-old’s name has been taken in the same sentence as Alvaro Morata. 

These thoughts emerged while he spoke with Spanish journalist Manu Carreno on his podcast, El Larguero. Simeone said, “Álvaro Morata is on par with Erling Haaland. In terms of goals and his numbers, he can certainly be compared to him.” 

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Indeed, this is quite an interesting claim from the Atletico Madrid coach. Notably, after leaving Real Madrid, Morata joined the rivals after enjoying a few spells with Juventus and Chelsea. So far, the 31-year-old has notched 12 goals and three assists in 15 games in both La Liga and the Champions League for Roji Blancos. On the other hand, in 18 games, Haaland has bagged 17 goals and four assists for Manchester City.

While Haaland may have an edge, Morata’s stats do impress. Yet, it is quite a unique statement from Simeone. Meanwhile, the Norwegian was recently slammed by renowned journalist Piers Morgan. 

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Erling Haaland gets slammed by Piers Morgan

In a recent Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester City, which ended 4-4, Haaland scored a brace. The player broke his side’s deadlock in the 25th minute by scoring a penalty. However, instead of praise, the lethal striker was scrutinized by Piers Morgan. The British broadcaster went to X and wrote, “Another day, another VAR fiasco. Haaland behaves like a hyperactive octopus but gets a penalty. Absurd.”

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Indeed, this is quite a bold claim from the journalist. Interestingly, Morgan had earlier backed Haaland to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or instead of Lionel Messi. Now, he took a rather different approach towards the player. Certainly, do let us know your thoughts on this. 

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Abhishek Mishra

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Abhishek Mishra is an experienced soccer writer at EssentiallySports. His early exposure to playing soccer earned him many accolades at zonal and district levels, making him a true sports enthusiast. As a die-hard fan of Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona, Abhishek's knowledge of European soccer is impeccable.
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