'He's always happy': Pep Guardiola on difference between Erling Haaland and Lionel Messi

Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St. Mary's Stadium on April 8, 2023 in Southampton, United Kingdom.
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Erling Haaland returned from injury with a bang on Saturday, bagging a brilliant brace in Manchester City's 4-1 win away to Southampton – and, once again, Pep Guardiola has compared his superstar striker to a certain Lionel Messi.

The Norwegian hitman moved onto 30 Premier League goals for the season through a header and a stunning bicycle kick, meaning he's now just four away from Andy Cole and Alan Shearer's joint single-campaign record.

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Tom Hancock

Tom Hancock started freelancing for FourFourTwo in April 2019 and has also written for the Premier League and Opta Analyst, among others. He supports Wycombe Wanderers and has a soft spot for Wealdstone. A self-confessed statto, he has been known to watch football with a spreadsheet (or several) open...