Erling Haaland has been in exceptional form so far in the 2022/23 season. Since joining Manchester City in the summer, the Norwegian was one of the best football players in the world. He scored 23 goals and delivered 3 assists in 17 games. The team led by Pep Guardiola sits 2nd in the English Premier League, just 2 points behind league leaders Arsenal. A player who has always been compared to Haaland is Kylian Mbappe.
The PSG superstar has been in the spotlight for a few months now. The main reason for this would be his contractual situation with the French club. Mbappe teased the move to Real Madrid for many months before finally signing a new contract with PSG. However, this season he said he was happy in Paris and his performances indicate that as well. Mbappe has scored 18 goals and made 5 assists in 19 games.
Erling Haaland has overtaken Kylian Mbappe as the world’s most valuable player, according to Transfermarkt 🤑 pic.twitter.com/LsKteDl5Re
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) November 11, 2022
A recent stat that has caught the attention of football fans is that Haaland is now worth more than Mbappe in market value, according to transfer market. Mbappe has long been the most expensive player in the world. And the fact that the Man City striker is now worth more has divided the football community.
How much is Erling Haaland worth?
The website states that the Norway international is worth around $176m (€170m) as of November 2022. On the other hand, Transfermarkt estimated Mbappe to be worth around $165m (€160m). The footballing world has reacted to this since the statistic went viral on Twitter.
We all know which player has the most quality
— Bilnation (@Bilaldinho10_) November 11, 2022
One fan said: ‘We all know which player has the most quality’ without saying much about what he thinks is the best player. However, this is not the case for other fans either.
Anyone who says Mbappe is better than Haaland needs to have their head examined.
— WAZ (@soyomke) November 11, 2022
No nuances but mbappe is better haaland only good In tap in but kylian work for it and make the goal
— bryan junior (@Bryanju37826451) November 11, 2022
I will not give him a World Cup.
— Collins💧 (@collish_) November 11, 2022
Many have criticized Haaland for being a poacher. It’s completely true that he scored more touches than Mbappe, but that says a lot about his ability to find empty spaces in the opposition box. Haaland’s movement off the ball is almost unrivaled in the current era. Moreover, a fan also claimed, “I won’t give him a World Cup.”
Haaland owns mpaypal
— 𓃵 (@nol1mitttt) November 11, 2022
It was a photo taken in Haaland to support Mbappe. The French star has a World Cup under his belt, which he won in 2018 in Russia. Mbappe also scored 4 goals in that year’s tournament and won the prestigious trophy as a teenager.
mpaypal it’s over
— 7🇵🇹 (@7sxan) November 11, 2022
Part of the football community also mocked Kylian, calling him ‘Mpaypal’. The background is that fans believe he was motivated by money rather than ambition that he signed a lucrative contract with PSG to reject Real Madrid. On top of that, a Twitter user left the world with valuable information. They highlighted the differences between Haaland and Mbappe as players.
Mbappe is a deadly attacker, he has scary pace, a good finisher and can play as a winger as well.
Haaland is a perfect number 9. Great strength, great speed, good positioning and a fantastic finish.
They compared a lot but are two very different players.
— Futuristic TLXF (@tomiwa_giwa) November 11, 2022
The tweet mentioned that Haaland is a complete striker with good positioning and finishing. On the other hand, Mbappe is a quick winger who can also play as a striker. The reality is that Mbappe plays more on the side than Haaland. Although the market values may tempt fans to compare them, these are indeed two different players playing in different positions.