It’s not easy being one of the best strikers in the world. People expect you to deliver day in and out, and it seems like his work started taking a toll on Erling Haaland. The Manchester City superstar had a poor outing against Liverpool in his latest appearance at the Anfield. Haaland’s performance saw City settle with a single point following a 1-1 draw against the Reds. The draw can cost Pep Guardiola‘s men big time as the side has now slipped to the third place in the Premier League points table, trailing 1 point behind both Liverpool and Arsenal.

Erling Haaland’s performance was questioned by multiple fans who felt the player did not do enough to justify his role throughout the contact. However, internet soccer pundit Rory Jennings took things to a different level during his appearance on TalkSport. Jennings questioned Haaland’s impact at Manchester City, claiming the Norwegian lacks footballing ability. Talk about a massive statement!

Jennings stated, “He’s not a better footballer than any of the strikers. He’s very ungainly. He’s not particularly good on the ball. He is not good in the air, he’s not a particularly good footballer. He has no real footballing ability, but he excels at the most valuable commodity football’s purest currency is goals, and in that, he’s a billionaire.”


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Considering the value he has added to Manchester City’s attack, this seems to be a very harsh assessment of the striker. However, Jennings has always been an ardent Erling Haaland critic with the internet personality, claiming there was no chance the striker would become Premier League’s top scorer last season. Well, his assessment was as wrong as pineapple on pizza, with Haaland bagging 36 goals to become the Premier League record scorer last season. However, his performance doesn’t seem enough to convince Brazilian icon Ronaldo Nazario!!

R9 snubs Erling Haaland while picking the best active striker


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Former Real Madrid superstar Ronaldo Nazario was present with the Mail Sport earlier this week as he answered quick-fire questions. During the segment, when R9 was asked about his pick for the best active striker in the world, the Brazilian did not shy away from quickly naming Kylian Mbappe as his pick. It has to sting for Erling Haalad, who has been firing on all cylinders for the past few years. The Brazilian also picked Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo, answering a decade-long debate.

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Well, the Los Blancos icon is entitled to his opinion. Both Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe are among the best players in the world at the moment. Both players have unique skill sets and bring a different dimension to their respective teams. It will be interesting to see what’s next for the duo as they look to reach new heights in their respective careers.


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Saurabh Saket


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Saurabh Saket is a Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. He is a passionate Borussia Dortmund fan despite them not lifting the league title in the last twelve years. This writing machine wants to make a difference with his proficiency in journalism.
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Jacob Gijy