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‘Man of your words’ – Drogba lauds Haaland for honouring promise at Ballon d’Or ceremony


Didier Drogba has praised Erling Haaland for keeping his promise from a conversation at the Ballon d’Or ceremony – replicating Drogba’s iconic celebration on Tuesday night after scoring for Manchester City in the UEFA Champions League.

Although Haaland narrowly missed out on the Ballon d’Or award, which was claimed by Lionel Messi, he received the Gerd Muller Trophy for being the best striker after a remarkable season where he scored 56 goals, contributing to City’s treble.

During the ceremony, Drogba presented a challenge to Haaland. The challenge was for Haaland to select between either Lineker or Drogba’s iconic celebration for his next goal.

In City’s recent match against Young Boys, Haaland opened the scoring from the penalty spot and chose to replicate Drogba’s renowned celebration.

This act of homage delighted Didier Drogba, who expressed his appreciation on social media, commending the 23-year-old for keeping his promise and dubbing him a ‘man of his words.’

Haaland’s impressive performance continued in the same match as he scored his second goal of the night with a powerful shot from outside the box. With 39 Champions League goals in just 34 appearances, he is now only five goals short of matching Drogba’s tally of 44 goals in 92 games, a testament to his remarkable goal-scoring prowess.

Despite the few numbers of appearances in the renowned competition, the 23-year-old is already in the top 20 highest scorers of all time.

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