''I Love Meditation!'' - Haaland
March. 09, 2020
Norwegian and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has said his "Zen" goal celebrations are inspired by his love of meditation.
Haaland,19 left Red Bull Salzburg to join Dortmund in January,and he scored both goals in their 2-1 Champions League round-of-16 first leg victory over french champions Paris Saint-Germain.
Following his opening goal, he sat on the floor and held his hands out in what has become known as his "Zen" celebration.
"I really enjoy meditation," Haaland told Esporte Interativo, when asked about the motive behind the celebration.
"It makes feel calm and gives me tranquillity. This is why I sometimes celebrate like that when I score."
In February, Haaland was given a signed shirt by former Swansea and Napoli forward Michu. The Norwegian replied to the tweet of the gift with the words: "Wow what a legend!"
And the 19-year-old has said Michu was among his footballing heroes when he was growing up.
"I have a lot of idols and Michu is one of them," he added. "He was amazing at Swansea.
"I also love Cristiano Ronaldo and what he has done in the past 10 years. I love to observe, especially strikers because I am one."
Dortmund are gunning to reach the Champions League quarter-finals and sit four points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
And Haaland is positive the team can achieve great things if they are able to utilise the talent within the squad to the best effect.
"I know how good we are as a team and I know the quality in our team," he said. "We just have to get the quality out. If we can do that, the sky's the limit."