Erling Haaland has seen his off-field habits branded a “bit sick”, with Dominik Szoboszlai admitting to shunning advice from the Norwegian striker.

 Erling Haaland Branded ‘A Bit Sick’
Erling Haaland

Manchester City sensation Haaland has revealed on a regular basis that he does not follow established rules when it comes to his lifestyle away from the pitch.

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The 23-year-old frontman, who hit 52 goals last season and finished as runner-up in the 2023 Ballon d’Or poll, has admitted to enjoying an odd diet while also wearing special glasses and taping his mouth shut in a bid to get better sleep.

Szoboszlai, who is now in the Premier League at Liverpool, experienced Haaland’s unusual behaviour up close during their time together at Red Bull Salzburg.

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However, he has told Fodball of how the larger-than-life Norway international breaks the mould.

“When we played in Salzburg I meditated with [Haaland] two or three times because we were in the same room and at first, I looked stupid and then I got in.

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“He had a pair of glasses that he wore.

“I used them for a while because he said they would make me sleep better and sleepy faster.

“But if I had, I would wear them now.

“It didn’t help me, but maybe it’s because I didn’t believe in them as much as he did, but that’s everyone’s own business.

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“He does a lot of things that people probably don’t know.

“But I’ve been to his apartment. The guy is a bit sick.”

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Inspiration

Hungarian midfielder Szoboszlai is now looking to take inspiration from Mohamed Salah at Anfield, with the Egyptian superstar proving to be a better role model.

He added: “I talked to [Salah] a lot because I was interested in how he saw things.

“He didn’t do [meditation] until he was about 28 years old.

“Then he decided not to eat pasta, bread, basically he doesn’t drink alcohol.

“He’s been doing this since then.

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“If there’s training at noon, he’s already in the gym at 10.30.

“I don’t judge anyone, everyone can do whatever they want.”

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