LONDON: Erling Haaland has been backed to dominate the Champions League for years to come as the record-breaking Manchester City striker aims to fire his side to treble glory in Saturday's final against Inter Milan.
Haaland has taken the Premier League by storm in his first season, scoring 52 goals in all competitions since signing from Borussia Dortmund.
The 22-year-old fuelled City's successful bid to overhaul Arsenal in the title race before Pep Guardiola's side completed the second leg of the treble with their FA Cup final victory against Manchester United last Saturday.
City are firm favorites to win the Champions League for the first time when they face Inter in Istanbul this weekend.
That would make City only the second English club after Manchester United in 1999 to lift the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup in the same season.
Yet, ominously for defenders across Europe, Haaland believes he can only get better as he spends more time in Guardiola's unique system.
"I've been developing in a really positive way and that's important for me because I'm still really young," he said.
"I'm 22, I've got a long career ahead of me and I still have to develop. That's also something I was thinking of over one year ago when I was thinking about my next move."
It is a view shared by Inter striker Romelu Lukaku, who knows all about the ups and downs of life in the Premier League.
Former Manchester United and Everton striker Lukaku, currently on loan at Inter from Chelsea, is a huge fan of Haaland, whose physical approach mirrors the Belgian's own style of play.
He expects the Norwegian to establish himself as the world's most feared forward alongside Paris Saint Germain's Kylian Mbappe.
"I think he will dominate, with Mbappe, world football for the next 10 years," Lukaku told CNN.
"They will be fighting from the new generation. They will really take over from Messi and Ronaldo in the next two years."
The awe-inspiring statistics of Haaland's first season with City are enough to give Inter boss Simone Inzaghi sleepless nights.
Haaland's 36 Premier League goals set a record for a single season in the competition.2023-06-08T18:24:17Z dg43tfdfdgfd