I’ve played with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, here’s what Erling Haaland must do to reach their level

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Erling Haaland is among the new crop of footballers set to take the place of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the game.

The Manchester City forward has achieved so much for someone still in the early years of his career and Pep Guardiola pointed out Haaland is outdoing the iconic duo in terms of Champions League goals.

Haaland is amassing his trophy haul and already has 216 career goals to his name

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Haaland is amassing his trophy haul and already has 216 career goals to his nameCredit: Getty

But Gerard Pique isn’t getting too carried away when talking about Haaland’s career arc, insisting the Norwegian hotshot still has plenty to do before he’s dining at Messi and Ronaldo’s table.

On Haaland, Pique told talkSPORT.com: “I think he has a lot of potential but to arrive at the level of Messi and Cristiano, it’s a long way to go. 

“He has to win so many titles, he has to do this for 15, 17, 20 years and this is not easy also. 

“He’s very young, very promising and he has a lot of potential but still I think he’s far away from those two.”

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Pique would know what it takes to achieve this kind of greatness, having played alongside Ronaldo and Messi at Manchester United and Barcelona respectively.

When joining talkSPORT on Wednesday, Pique revealed he’s in no doubt over Messi being the greatest the game has ever seen, however.

Pique said: “He’s the greatest player in the history of the game for sure.

“The thing with Leo is when he first arrived at the club, we are the same age so we played together for four or five years in the youth academy.

Pique played with Ronaldo for three years at Man United and had plenty of El Clasico battles with him

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Pique played with Ronaldo for three years at Man United and had plenty of El Clasico battles with him
But Messi is out there on his own, according to Pique

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But Messi is out there on his own, according to PiqueCredit: Getty Images

“When he arrived he was very small, very thin, crazy small. When we saw him first we thought if we touched him we’d destroy him so be careful.

“But then he started the first training session it seemed impossible that the ball would leave his foot, it was impossible to tackle him and after that day we said, ‘wow, what is this?'”

We should also mention that Pique didn’t do too badly himself in his career, winning a staggering 36 trophies for club and country.

Pique won nine LaLiga titles, a Premier League title and four Champions Leagues with Barca and Man United respectively as well as World Cup and European Championship with his native Spain.

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