- Gio Reyna says he is still in awe of his former Borussia Dortmund teammate Erling Haaland.
- “I’m just as amazed as everybody else with the freakish stuff he pulls off,” Reyna told Insider.
- Haaland has 22 goals in only 15 appearances for Manchester City this season.
Erling Haaland’s former Borussia Dortmund teammate Gio Reyna says he continues to be “amazed” by the “freakish” striker’s goalscoring feats.
Reyna and Haaland, who each made their Dortmund debuts in January 2019, spent two-and-a-half seasons together at the German club, during which time Haaland scored 86 goals in 89 games.
Haaland moved to Manchester City in the summer and has since continued to find the net at an astonishing rate, scoring 22 goals in only 15 appearances for his new club. Seventeen of those goals have come in the English Premier League, meaning the Norwegian is already — in only 11 matches — just six goals behind last year’s Golden Boot winning tally of 23.
“I’m just as amazed as everybody else with the freakish stuff he pulls off and the numbers that he’s been putting up,” Reyna told Insider. “The hardest thing in the game is to put the ball in the back of the net, and he does that better than anyone at the moment. He just has a great understanding of where to be at the right time.”
Reyna added that he isn’t surprised that Haaland is thriving at City, which has won the EPL in four of the last five seasons.
“Manchester City is helping him with the coach there, the staff, and the players they have around him to get him goals,” said the USMNT star, who recently became an ambassador for energy supplement brand C4 Energy.
“I always believed that he was going to slot in really well with City right away.”
On top of being a deadly goalscorer, Haaland has also developed a reputation as one of the funniest players in world soccer since making his breakthrough with Austrian side RB Salzburg.
He often gives hilarious post-match interviews, banters with opposing fans in the streets, and jokes about his peculiar shopping habits, among other things, on Twitter.
Reyna described being Haaland’s teammate as “a pleasure.”
“Everything you see on the television is exactly how he is, in person and of course on the field,” said Reyna. “He’s a great guy to be around. He’s he’s very outgoing, he’s very energetic, and he’s very fun.”