Erling Haaland Has Copied Cristiano Ronaldo's Diet To 'Become The Best'
Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland eats the same foods as Cristiano Ronaldo in an attempt to "be at the top of the game".
The 19-year-old, who has scored 37 goals for club and country this season, including two goals against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday night, is currently on a diet of fish because of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's influence, according to his father.
Alfie Haaland, formerly of Manchester City and Leeds, revealed how his son has copied Ronaldo after he came across a story told by former Manchester United teammate Patrice Evra.
"I had to be determined to make it in the game. But Erling made all the sacrifices, leaving home at 16 to move to Molde, and he is a lot more professional than I was," the 46-year-old told ESPN.
"He was told a story by Patrice Evra about a lunch he had with Ronaldo and Cristiano had fish, nothing else.
"Erling now tries to do the same things because Ronaldo is 34 and still at the top of the game, so it shows the value of doing the right things."
Ronaldo's diet sees him have six different meals per day - typically pasta and chicken for his protein and carbohydrate fix - and none of them are ever cooked with salt.
Cheat meals are a rarity for Ronaldo but eating pizza with his son is his guilty pleasure, as he revealed in an interview with YouTuber ChrisMD.
"The key is to take care of your body, train, do your recovery and eat properly," Ronaldo said.
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"Although sometimes I do eat pizza with my son otherwise it would be boring."
Ronaldo will allow himself to have orange or pineapple juice at breakfast in the morning but other than he only drinks water, while he places a great focus on getting eight hours sleep every night.
He also has a siesta - a short nap in the afternoon - after his fourth meal of the day.
Erling Haaland also spoke recently of how Zlatan Ibrahimovic has become his biggest idol. The Swedish striker, who played for Barcelona, AC Milan and Manchester United, to name just a few, is someone Haaland looks up to.
"I had a lot of role models and I have seen many good players, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the biggest one for me - how he became so good, the [path] he took, the way he plays," Haaland said in an interview with TV2.
"Also, he is Scandinavian, so someone has to take over from him."
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