The Borussia Dortmund striking sensation has been given some advice on how to achieve his goal of being viewed as the best player in the world by ex-Gunners goalkeeper Lehmann
Erling Haaland has made little secret of his desire to win the Ballon d’Or award and is widely regarded as the best football player in the world.
The scintillating start the Norwegian has made to his career has certainly put him in the top bracket of superstars and on course for a first golden ball in the years to come.
Yet to do that, Haaland may need to make some important changes to his regime at Borussia Dortmund.
Since he made his debut for the German giants in January 2020, Haaland has missed 25 games for his club through various injuries that have accumulated to 123 days on the treatment table and counting after his latest set-back.
As a result, former Dortmund and Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann has suggested the striker needs to start looking after his body if he wants to hit the kind of heights the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have achieved.
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Speaking to Bild, the Arsenal ‘Invincible’ said: “One thing is clear, you are a world-class player if you always play. That’s where he [Haaland] you have to improve.
The likes of Messi, [Phillip] Lahm, Christian, Lewy [Robert Lewandowski] have played every game for over 10+ years. If I was a young player today, I’d have them as my role models.”
The aforementioned quartet of players have all either retired or are nearing the end of their playing careers, but Haaland already has one clear rival for future Ballon d’Or awards in Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.
Despite the fact that Mbappe is two years older than Haaland and has been playing for PSG since his Norwegian counterpart was at Molde, Haaland has missed more games through injury at Dortmund than the World Cup winner has in Paris.
Mbappe has been forced to sit out of 21 PSG contests since he first made the switch from Monaco back in 2017.
What is even more remarkable is that Haaland has already missed more games for Dortmund through injury than Lewandowski has for Bayern Munich.
Bearing in mind the Poland international joined the Bavarian titans in 2014, it is a testament to his incredible endurance while also raising question marks over Haaland’s.
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When it comes to his entire playing career, there are few notable trends in the kind of injuries the 21-year-old picks up.
He has suffered three separate knee issues, while also reporting muscular problems on three different occasions in Germany.
The lengthiest lay-off of Haaland’s career came this season, when the striker missed an entire month due to a hip flexor problem.
Mbappe’s longest period out of action came while he was still a Monaco player and was forced to miss 35 days of training due to a head injury.
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