Erling Haaland’s decision-making process for selecting his new team at the conclusion of the previous season was revealed in a Norwegian documentary, which also explains how the striker chose Manchester City over clubs like Real Madrid and PSG.
The movie Haaland: The Big Decision, which is available on the Scandinavian streaming service Viaplay, shows Haaland and his father Alf-Inge coming up with a points-based system to rank potential suitors for the 22-year-old.
One consideration was whether the team needed a new number nine, which would have benefited City after they infamously went the entirety of the 2021–2022 season without a recognised striker in their lineup.
The Haalands finally reduced their list to a final contingent of seven. It’s interesting that Manchester United, who had been associated with Haaland before he joined Borussia Dortmund in 2020, didn’t make the list.
“On our list, I think City is the best team,” Alf-Inge is shown saying in the film, months before any final decision was made. “[Bayern] Munich is number two. We have Real Madrid as number three, Paris Saint-Germain as number four.
“We also have some English teams other than City who are quite good…Liverpool and Chelsea. Also, there is Barcelona. They are sort of in the same row.”