‘We never thought he could be this good’ – the rise and rise of Erling Haaland

For football fans around the world, it’s common knowledge that the rise of Erling Haaland was heavily influenced by his famous father Alf Inge. Yet in the sleepy city of Molde, where the Manchester City phenomenon spent his formative teenage years, they will tell you that the story is not complete without reference to the woman simply known as ‘Aunt’.

onsider these words from Haaland when he collected a national award to mark his farewell at the end of 2018. After referencing his father and his manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, there was one more person he needed to honor. “Many thanks to ‘Aunt’ in Molde who cooked the good food that made me grow very well,” he declared.