Erling Haaland increases his number of fans with every goal for Borussia Dortmund. The son of a famous striker has also defected to the Haaland camp.
Dortmund/Madrid. Big accolade for BVB jewel Erling Haaland (21). Among the numerous requests for shirts and autographs that the Norwegian receives every day, the request from a prominent professional colleague also recently mingled.
For his son’s eighth birthday, he didn’t ask world stars like Kylian Mbappé (22), Cristiano Ronaldo (36) or Robert Lewandowski (33) for a signed jersey, but rather the up-and-coming Dortmund goalie.
Erling Haaland makes Luis Suárez’s son happy
Secret sender of the shirt request: Little Benja, son of storm veteran Luis Suárez, who at the old age of 34 is still one of the best in his field and who celebrated the Spanish championship with Atlético Madrid last season.
“A top player, very grateful for the signed shirt for my son’s birthday,” wrote Suárez on Instagram about a photo showing proud Benja with the bright yellow Haaland dress: “A great gesture.”
Suárez also addressed motivating words to the 13-year-old Norwegian, who reportedly gave away his match-worn shirt from the Champions League opening match at Besiktas Istanbul: “Keep working hard on yourself.”
Erling Haaland whirled while Luis Suárez met BVB
His father has not yet revealed where Suárez junior’s enthusiasm for Haaland comes from. A direct duel between the two goal scorers is still pending. Suárez played with FC Barcelona in the group stage of the Champions League against BVB in the 2019/2020 season – but Haaland only moved from Salzburg to Dortmund a few months later during the winter break.
In the following season Suárez played with Atlético against the Austrians, with whom Haaland was no longer under contract.
Curious: While BVB and Barça jammed the load at 0-0 in the first leg on September 17, 2019, Marco Reus (32) even missed a penalty, Haaland shot himself into the limelight for the first time. With RB Salzburg he played his first game in the premier class on the same evening – and set the first big exclamation mark in international football with a three-pack.