When asked for the name of the toughest defender he has ever encountered at the highest level, Erling Haaland made exactly the same choices as Robert Lewandowski.
Both the new 9 of Manchester City and the new 9 of FC Barcelona agreed that Sergio Ramos and Virgil van Dijk are the most complicated central defenders that you can currently find in the elite of world football.
WHO IS THE TOUGHEST DEFENDER FOR ERLING HAALAND?
“That is a good question. I’ve played against a lot of great defenders. Van Dijk, I’ve said it before, was very good. He is very tall, strong and the timing of him is crazy. I think I didn’t win any duels against him because he is a physical monster. Ramos was also very good. Ramos is very smart and good, so (the most complicated defender) is one of them.” answered the winner of the Golden Boy Award, in an interview (2022) that he completed with the official channel of ESPNFC.
WHO IS THE TOUGHEST DEFENDER FOR ROBER LEWANDOWSKI?
“Toughest opponent? Sergio Ramos and (Virgil) van Dijk. I’ve always gone directly against defenders, not attackers, so for me it’s easier to talk about defenders.” answered the two-time Golden Boot winner, when he was at the Dubai Expo after being recognized at the 2021 Globe Soccer Awards gala.
There is no doubt that Haaland and Lewandowski highlighted two very special defenders. Sergio Ramos has established himself as the best central defender in recent years and Virgil van Dijk has been the most outstanding defender in recent years. They are difficult opponents not only for the Norwegian android and the Polish machine, but for any striker.
Undefeated data. Erling Haaland has just achieved the best scoring start (9) in the entire history of the Premier League after the first 5 games of the season. He is leaving his mark since his first year as a Manchester City footballer.
Did you know..? Erling Haaland managed 86 goals and 19 assists in the 89 games he played for Borussia Dortmund. He broke it big during his football adventure in Germany.