Erling Haaland is in the news, again. Big surprise? Not probably. But this time, he isn’t in the limelight for scoring goals.
The Norwegian brute recently spoke about his diet and daily morning routine.
A prolific goal scorer, a physical specimen and an absolute nightmare for defenders – the secrets to the 22-year-old’s body optimisation have been revealed as a part of the documentary “Haaland: The Big Decision.”
“The first thing I do in the morning is to get some sun in my eyes. I also started filtering the water I drink because I think it has huge benefits for my body” he was quoted saying in the documentary.
He consumes around 6000 calories a day as his determination to break more records keep him driving every day.
His father, Alfie, has mentioned that this diet has been partly influenced by none other than, Cristiano Ronaldo.
At 37 years young, Ronaldo surely has laid down the stepping stones and standards to have a long-lasting and efficient physique in the ever-increasing demands of modern football.
Erling Haaland, though, is different gravy.
His transformation from his Salzburg days to his current ripping frame at 1.94 metres is clearly visible through all his social media posts. It ain’t just another trick of the camera.
The City talisman has himself admitted to being faster than before, despite gaining some weight.
He exemplifies his efforts to maintain and improve his body by saying “….but it is not a beer belly, it is about gross muscle mass. I take great care of what I eat.” Sure you do Erling!
Hearts and livers of cows are, well, a staple part of Haaland’s growth. These indeed are superfoods that are rich in vitamin B, iron, phosphorus, copper and magnesium.
During the interview, he was shown a number of meat products, including chunks of cow’s heart and liver.
The interviewer was asking Haaland if this is what he eats to stay at the top of his game, to which he replied “You (other people) don’t eat this, but I am concerned with taking care of my body. I think eating quality food that is as local as possible is the most important. People say meat is bad for you but which? The meat you get at McDonald’s? Or the local cow eating grass right over there? I eat the heart and the liver.”
Bizarre enough for us, but not for the most lethal finisher in the beautiful game at the moment. And the results? He scored his 20th goal of the season already, racking up 15 in 9 Premier League only.
Football has changed over the years. The frequency of matches, the mental & physical demands, the expectations from the fans and the bombarding of the media – all this has led to an age where footballers are developing themselves to keep up with the times.
And in order to command the biggest of fees & win games, they have to.
Whether it’s by eating the hearts & livers of cows or maintaining their circadian rhythm, the modern-day footballer needs to pull out all the stops in order to compete at the highest level. For Erling Haaland, it has worked wonders.
And ironically, he makes it all look like a piece of cake.