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Dortmundˈs Erling Haaland Named Best Forward of the Season #UEFAAwards



Dortmundˈs Erling Haaland has been named Forward of the Season for the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League.

The 21-year-old, the competition top scorer last term, finished ahead of Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappé of Paris in the vote to become Norway and BVBˈs first recipient of a UEFA award. The prize was presented to Haaland during the 2021/22 UEFA Champions League group stage draw ceremony in Istanbul.

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The top ten

Erling Haaland (Dortmund) – 202 points
2 Kylian Mbappé (Paris) – 154 points
3 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern) – 104 points
 Lionel Messi (Barcelona, now at Paris) – 76 points
5 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) – 70 points
6 Neymar (Paris) – 23 points
7 Kai Havertz (Chelsea) – 16 points
= Raheem Sterling (Man. City) – 16 points
9 Mason Mount (Chelsea) – 6 points
= Romelu Lukaku (Inter, now at Chelsea) – 6 points

UEFA Forward of the Year 2020/21 – Erling Haaland

2020/21 Champions League stats

Appearances: 8
Goals: 10
Assists: 2
Minutes per goal: 70.5
Shot conversion rate: 38.5%

Erling Haaland testimonials

“He’s one of the best strikers in the world right now, already at his age. He can score with the right, left, via counterattacks, in the box. He’s a fantastic striker; everyone knows it.”
Josep Guardiola, Manchester City manager

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“He has so much talent. He’s a great guy with a superb mentality. No matter what style of football you play, he will always score lots of goals. He’s so incredibly strong and has the technique and pace.”
Jesse Marsch, Salzburg coach

“He’s a cool guy who knows what it’s about. Erling is very professional. I’m always one of the first at the training ground, but he is there earlier. He also comes to the training ground on days off. He knows what is important and good for him.”
Roman Bürki, Dortmund goalkeeper

How Haaland was chosen

The jury comprised the following:

  • 24 coaches of the teams which participated in this summer’s UEFA EURO 2020
  • 80 coaches of the clubs that participated in the group stages of the 2020/21 UEFA Champions League (32) and UEFA Europa League (48)
  • 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, one from each of UEFA’s member associations

Jury members chose their top three players, with the first receiving five points, the second three and the third one. Coaches were not allowed to vote for players from their

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