Erling Haaland has named his top three players in the world right now and the list stunningly excludes Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Borussia Dortmund ace himself has attracted attention from many of Europe’s elite clubs after cementing himself as one of the continent’s most spectacular talents.
Haaland, at the age of just 21, has netted a bewildering 80 goals in 79 games for Dortmund and is already regarded among the most lethal strikers.
And when asked his opinion on the world’s three best players, the Norwegian named Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema.
"Top 3 in the world,” Haaland said whilst speaking to ESPN.
"You have to say [Robert] Lewandowski is number one and then for me you have [Karim] Benzema, he's also been amazing, but [Lionel] Messi is also outstanding.
"So Benzema and Messi share second and third place."
Messi won the Ballon d’Or for his achievements last year while Lewandowski and Benzema finished second and fourth respectively.
The Argentine has only scored one league this campaign but was still put ahead of Ronaldo, who has eight to his name.
As well as five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo, Haaland also snubbed Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who is currently leading the Premier League top-scorer chart with 16 goals for the campaign.
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Meanwhile, several outlets have linked Haaland with a move to Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals Bayern as a long-term replacement for Lewandowski.
Lewandowski has spent eight seasons with the German giants where he has won the golden boot four years in a row.
The Pole currently has 23 goals in the Bundesliga season while Haaland has netted 16.
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