Former Brazilian striker Luis Fabiano, who briefly played for Rennes in the early 2000s, made bold comments about Erling Haaland on the Benja Me Mucho YouTube channel. The ex-Seleçao center forward believes he would have done better than the Norwegian cyborg if he had played in a team as strong as Manchester City.
Luis Fabiano has enormous confidence in his talent. Maybe a little too much. The former Brazilian striker stood out during his recent appearance on the show Benja Me Mucho, broadcast on YouTube, when he mentioned Erling Haaland. The former Seleçao center forward (45 caps, 28 goals), now 43 years old, turned on the Norwegian number 9, believing that he would have done much better than him if he had evolved in a team as strong as Manchester City.
“I would have broken all the records Haaland. With this team, with the opportunities he has? I would have broken his record. I scored thanks to my teammates, but there was also my quality in front of goal. Haaland has thirty chances and scores three goals. If I had thirty chances, I would have taken ten or twenty. That’s the difference,” said the man who retired in 2019, after a final experience at Vasco da Gama the previous year.
Haaland is just 41 goals away from Luis Fabiano’s career total
Trained in Ponte Preta (near Sao Paulo), Luis Fabiano briefly went through the Rennais Stadium in the early 2000s, before exploding at Porto, then at Sevilla FC. During his career, the 1.86m striker scored 274 goals, club and country combined.
At 23, Erling Haaland has already scored 233 goals in total, with Salzburg, Dortmund, Manchester City and Norway. That’s 41 fewer than Luis Fabiano, who hung up his boots at 39… The 1.95m colossus, second in the 2023 Ballon d’Or behind Lionel Messi, has been setting the scorers into panic since his professional debut. Since the start of the season, he has scored 17 goals in 18 matches with Pep Guardiola’s Skyblues (all competitions combined).