Jamie Redknapp describes Erling Haaland as Premier League's first "genuine superstar", fans are outraged
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Jamie Redknapp has caused a stir with his comment about Erling Haaland prior to Manchester City's visit of Leeds United at the Etihad Stadium.
Redknapp was talking up Haaland after he broke the record for the most goals in a Premier League season against West Ham on Wednesday.
The unstoppable Norwegian notched his 51st goal in all competitions and made it 35 in 31 games in the league - usurping both Alan Shearer and Andy Cole - and earning a guard of honour from his teammates as a result.
Haaland is already an absolute box office sensation of the age 22 and Redknapp described him as "the first genuine superstar we've had".
The former Liverpool and Spurs midfielder did elaborate on his view but fans were staggered that he said such a thing when huge names like Thierry Henry, David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Mo Salah have all played in the English top flight.
"This is the first genuine superstar we've had" 🌟— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) May 6, 2023
Jamie Redknapp on how Erling Haaland has come and lit up the Premier League 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Ifx1D1GPl3
One fan replied: "Is Thierry Henry a joke to you?"
Another opined: 'The Premier league has been littered with superstars from many teams. Henry, Bergkamp, Ronaldo, Shearer there’s too many to mention, yes he’s very very good, but not the only one."
A third added: "Embarrassing how he’s been on sky this long. Could list 10 'superstars' off the top of my head that have been more influential to the PL."
Another stated: "This might be the worst opinion all season."
A fifth tweeted: "Suarez was a superstar. Hazard was a superstar. Mo Salah is a superstar."
A final user commented: "Henry, Rooney, Salah, Hazard and Gerrard to name a few all play something like golf apparently."
Granted some of the aforementioned names developed into superstars during their time in the league and did arrive as such, but the list of phenomenons to grace the Premier League is endless.