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Fans can't believe how much Erling Haaland received for the POTM award against Yokahoma

Fans can't believe how much Erling Haaland received for the POTM award against Yokahoma

Erling Haaland opened his pre-season account in style.

Fans are in shock at how much Erling Haaland received for winning the Player of the Match award against Yokahoma.

Manchester City got their pre-season tour of Japan underway with an enthralling 5-3 win over Yokohama on Sunday.

John Stones, Julian Alvarez and Rodri were all amongst the goals. Whilst Haaland unsurprisingly helped himself to a brace as he continued his astonishing form in front of goal from last season, in which he scored a staggering 52 goals in all competitions.

In turn, the 6ft 4 Norwegian giant was chosen as the Player of the Match, but it was his award that got fans talking, with supporters baffled at the prize money he was given.

Despite the triple-digit figure printed on his enormous cheque, it transpires that 1,000,000 Japanese Yen is equivalent to £5484.

Now, to regular folk, that money is quite some reward for 90 minutes of football. But to Haaland, it is a mere drop in the ocean.

Indeed, the 22-year-old is thought to rake in close to £900,00 a-week at the Etihad, with that figure expected to reach £1 million next season, according to the Daily Mail.

Fans on social media were quick to react to the prize money, with one supporter tweeting: "That’s just pocket change for him".

Another wrote: "With his massive weekly salary of £400,000, that £5,000 reward is just a drop in the bucket for him!"

"Probably tips more for his Nandos delivery", a third joked.

A fourth said: "He earns that in two hours", before a fifth added: "He definitely doesn't need that £5k!"

Meanwhile, Pep Guardiola claimed Haaland was in even better shape than last season in a stark warning to defenders across the English top-flight.

"Comparing to last season, in that period, he is fitter," Guardiola told reporters after the game. "I know we would love for this to be like last season.

"He looks good, but he is still a way from the best condition, like everyone. What’s important is [getting] the rhythm and the principles. We know exactly what he has to do, we know him, and in a few weeks, we will be better condition than now."

The City boss then quipped: "It was most important for him to score two goals in the first game, because last season he could not score."

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Topics: Manchester City, Erling Haaland, Football, Fan Reactions