Erling Haaland Reveals His Top Three Centre-Backs in the World

Erling Haaland

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has revealed who he thinks the world’s best centre-backs are, with Sergio Ramos, Virgil van Dijk and Kalidou Koulibaly topping the list.

The Norweigan has already encountered two of the three centre-backs, with only Real Madrid’s Ramos eluding him.

Erling Haaland Reveals His Top Three Centre-Backs

Haaland’s Performance Against Virgil van Dijk

His meteoric rise culminated with superb performances in the Champions League for Red Bull Salzburg. The performance, in particular, against Liverpool and Virgil van Dijk thrust the Norwegian onto the world stage.

During Liverpool’s Champions League campaign last season, Haaland bagged a goal in Salzburg’s 4-3 defeat at Anfield. He was a constant nuisance throughout the second-half in particular to Van Dijk.

Haalaand Against Kalidou Koulibaly

From one great centre-back to another, in same the Champions League season, Haaland scored three goals in two fixtures against Napoli and terrorised Kalidou Koulibaly.

Although RB Salzburg failed to win either fixture, Haaland gained plenty of plaudits, with big clubs continuing to circle around the striker. The Norwegian ultimately earned an £18 million move to Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland on his Toughest Opponents

And it is here that Haaland has continued to make waves. The striker has been in scintillating form this season with ten goals and two assists in eight appearances for the German outfit. So how does the Norwegian do it? 

Haaland told Norweigan publication Verdens Gang: “For me, it’s like a drug, there is no better feeling than after you’ve scored.”

When speaking on the centre-halves, Haaland said to Verdens Gang:

“I have to say, for me, the three best in the world are Sergio Ramos, Virgil van Dijk and Kalidou Koulibaly. The three are good, strong and intelligent.”

With Virgil van Dijk currently injured —and both Kalidou Koulibaly and Sergio Ramos not getting any younger— the striker will be in prime position to face those battles.


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