Erling Haaland: Man City striker's show of respect to club kit man goes viral

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland applauding

Erling Haaland’s start to life at Manchester City has been the stuff of dreams.

Since arriving from Borussia Dortmund over the summer, the prolific Norwegian has swiftly been taken into the hearts of fans at the Etihad Stadium after finding the back of the net at an incredible rate.

Not only has the 22-year-old proved a hit on the pitch for his new club, but he also seems to be well-liked by the club’s staff as well.

Following such a strong beginning to his time in Manchester, Haaland could be perhaps be forgiven for developing a bit of an ego.

However, City’s new hero showed his class in the moments leading up to his side’s Champions League clash with Dortmund on Wednesday evening – and the moment concerned has gone viral.

With kick-off quickly approaching, members of the City squad swiftly discarded their warm-up tops, with club kit man Brandon Ashton the man tasked with retrieving them.

The majority of the City squad appeared to simply launch their training bibs in Ashton’s general direction, completely unbothered as to where they landed.

Jack Grealish, Kevin De Bruyne and Joao Cancelo are among those captured chucking training gear at their kit man – with Grealish’s garment even hitting him flush in the face.

As Ashton scrambles to gather the numerous bibs now surrounding him, Haaland respectfully walks over to his colleague and hands him his warm-up top – seemingly the only City player to do so.

Haaland scores great goal v Borussia Dortmund
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Erling Haaland of Manchester City scores their sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Ashton looks to genuinely appreciate the gesture, too, as he pats the striker on the back after receiving the top.

It certainly makes for wholesome viewing and you can watch the viral clip here…

Video: Erling Haaland’s show of respect for Man City kit man

A small but considerate act on Haaland’s part – and fans on Twitter have been quick to praise him for it.

“Love this!! Takes 2 seconds for him to hand the bib over instead of just throwing it,” remarked one reply.

A second added: “Love to see this kind of thing. Such a small thing, but goes a long way.”

“Love how professional and mature Haaland is at the age of 22! It’s the small things. Do these small things when nobody is looking. Hope all of the young athletes and parents take notes,” read a third response.

“Respect for everyone. What a guy,” declared another fan.

Haaland celebrates v Dortmund
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Erling Haaland of Manchester City celebrates after scoring their sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group G match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at Etihad Stadium on September 14, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Several replies also pointed out that the behaviour of Haaland’s City teammates could have been better.

“Haaland clearly brought up properly, Grealish just bounces it off the guy’s head,” read one such reply.

“State of the lads throwing their tops at the kit man,” stated another.

“I could never just throw that s*** at the kit man,” agreed a final comment.

Having begun his evening with a refreshing show of respect, Haaland ended it in outrageous fashion.

Scoring with a sublime acrobatic effort to snatch a late 2-1 win for City against his former club, the £135 million-rated striker continued his electric form.

Whether you’re a Man City fan or not, it’s becoming tough not to be impressed by Haaland both on and off the pitch.

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