“He is Up There With the Greats…” – Rodri Puts Alvaro Morata Above Erling Haaland Despite Lauding Him ‘To Be One of the Best’

Published 11/14/2023, 7:17 PM EST

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Erling Haaland is currently one of the most in-form soccer players in the world. He has scored goals and won trophies for Manchester City and continues to break records at the age of 23. But, to the surprise of many, his teammate Rodri prefers his compatriot Alvaro Morata over the Norwegian striker. The midfield anchor was quick to highlight Morata’s consistent performances season after season.

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Without a doubt, Erling Haaland’s impact in the Manchester City camp has been phenomenal. Hence, the Spaniard’s recent comments came across as a little surprising.

Rodri claims that Haaland has ‘everything ahead of him’ after preferring Alvaro Morata

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Erling Haaland has been making headlines at the moment for all the right things since his arrival last summer. In the recent 4-4 draw against Chelsea, he scored a brace too. Many soccer fans are still of the opinion that he should have won the Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi. It’s safe to assume that most soccer fans would have Haaland in their dream team. But his own teammate Rodri recently presented quite a surprising take where he preferred to have Alvaro Morata over the Norwegian.

In an interview with Morata sitting beside Rodri, the defensive anchor was asked to make a bold choice. He said, ” Obviously Morata“. The truth is that I am very lucky to play with them. Álvaro has been performing for many years in the national team, he is up there with the greats of our history in a number of goals and there is little to say about Erling because he has everything ahead of him to be one of the best”, as compiled by Mundo Deportivo and translated by DeepL.

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At the moment, soccer enthusiasts and pundits are actively comparing Erling Haaland with legends such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But, with the Atletico Madrid star in the form of his life, the statement by Rodri does make sense in the present times. However, it is clear that Haaland will be a force to reckon with in the present and future.

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Erling Haaland vs Alvaro Morata – What do the numbers suggest?

Alvaro Morata is being compared to Erling Haaland because of his exceptional form for Atletico Madrid. He has scored 7 goals in 11 games in La Liga. Diego Simeone also made an unexpected comparison of both of them. On the other hand, Haaland has now proved to become unstoppable. He has scored 17 goals and has provided 4 assists in 18 games this season in all competitions.

His current numbers also suggest that he is already one of the front-runners for the Ballon d’Or next year. The Manchester City striker is in no mood to slow down this season. Already, the lethal striker is closer than ever to becoming the fastest player to score 50 goals in the  Premier League.

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Anuj Nikhil Virjiani

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Anuj Virjiani is a soccer writer at Essentially Sports. With a fervent passion for the sport, especially the English Premier League, Anuj has meticulously cultivated his expertise in dissecting the game's technical intricacies and strategic nuances, both on and off the field. Anuj's cherished club is, interestingly, Newcastle United, and he has closely followed and analyzed the club's journey through its highs and lows, and enjoyed witnessing their triumphant promotion from the second tier, their recent takeover, and the remarkable qualification for the Champions League last season.
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