The ‘goodbye gift’ given to Dortmund players and staff by Erling Haaland

Ahead of his eagerly anticipated move to Manchester City, Erling Haaland said goodbye to his Borussia Dortmund colleagues with some incredible gifts.

Following months of speculation, The Citizens have finally secured the transfer of one of the world’s brightest talents. And they got him for a steal of a price.

Due to a release clause in his contract, the Manchester club only had to depart with £51 million, rising to £85.5 million when agent fees and other add-ons are included. Given the Norwegian’s incredible skill, it appears to be a shrewd long-term investment.

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The forward has proven his worth in the Bundesliga, and will now seek to continue his development in England.

He has already stunned audiences worldwide with his spectacular performances. He’s showcased his supreme movement, incredible pace and power, and a natural eye for goal. He has scored a whopping 85 goals in just 88 appearances for BVB.

On May 19, his journey at the Signal Iduna Park ended. He wore the jersey one last time as his side collided with Hertha Berlin.


After the visitors opened the scoring, the last chapter looked likely to end in disaster. But deep into the second half, Dortmund secured a penalty. Of course, Haaland stepped up to the plate. He buried it home with ease, before young starlet Youssoufa Moukoko found the winner.

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This ultimately gave the 21-year-old the dream send-off. And to show how much his colleagues meant to him, he bought them something special to say goodbye.

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Erling Haaland buys Borussia Dortmund staff and players a farewell gift

Although some sportspeople are critiqued for their business mindsets, many genuinely care about the people around them. And it appears Haaland falls into this category.

He provided 33 of his team-mates with personalised Rolex watches, and 20 staff members with Omega watches.

According to Bild, the Rolex watches individually cost between £11,000 – £13,000. A further 20 employees received Omega watches worth approximately between £6,000 – £8,000. In total, his goodbye gift cost him just shy of £500,000.


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