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John Stones tips Erling Haaland to match Messi and Ronaldo

John Stones tips Erling Haaland to match Messi and Ronaldo

John Stones thinks that Erling Haaland is capable of emulating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Manchester City striker's remarkable season continued as he netted five times against RB Leipzig in the Champions League earlier this week and Stones think that the marksman can replicate the extreme number of goals scored by the two footballing icons.

The City defender said: “I believe he really could do what he wants, just from his hunger and his attitude and his professionalism and I'd love to see him do it, definitely.

"I think he wants to just win. I think if you have that mentality, then the personal accolades just come naturally without chasing them. That could be totally wrong but I think Erling is a huge team player and with that kind of mindset, he's going that way to break more records."

Stones revealed that Jack Grealish has nicknamed Haaland as the 'ball magnet' for his knack of being in the right place to score so many goals.

The England international said: "Erling is in the right spot at the right time. An ‘absolute ball magnet’, I think Jack was calling him in the dressing room after. I get to see it first hand on the pitch and big players turn up on big occasions."

Stones has now spent seven seasons with the Premier League champions and is hoping to end his career with City.

He explained: "I absolutely love it here. I'd love to play as long as I can and I really do feel like it's my home. I really do love everything about it: the people I see day in day out, the fans, my team-mates and I've got my best memories in football. I've got a lot of memories but yeah, I absolutely love it. I'd love to play as long as I can definitely, if the club allows me."

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