Football superstar Erling Haaland has said that Novak Djokovic is his biggest sporting hero outside of the world of football.
Many now consider Djokovic to be the greatest tennis player of all time. He has more Grand Slams, weeks at No. 1, and Masters 1000 titles than any other ATP player in history. Those numbers are simply extraordinary.
However, the Serbian did suffer a setback at the 2024 Australian Open by losing in the semifinal to Jannik Sinner. It ended his long winning streak at the event, and his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, said Djokovic's loss in Melbourne was inevitable.
The 24-time Grand Slam champion's attention now turns to the North American hardcourt season in March. Djokovic is set to play in Indian Wells for the first time since 2019, which is a hugely exciting prospect.
The tennis legend can now take further encouragement from the words of Haaland, who was full of admiration for Djokovic in a recent interview that he took part in.
In a recent Manchester City podcast, Haaland stated that Djokovic is his biggest hero outside of football. The Norwegian says that he admires how the world No. 1 is always being himself. Haaland also has an original personality, which may partially explain this admiration.
"I like Djokovic. I think he's good, he's being himself and what he has achieved is amazing, coming from nowhere and from his country. I take Djokovic."
The Manchester City striker also declared that what Djokovic has achieved is amazing. Some of the 10-time Australian Open champion's unprecedented numbers were mentioned earlier in this article; showing how Haaland's praise is completely justified.
Haaland then very briefly mentioned Djokovic's background. The Serbian came from a difficult and war-torn country in his childhood but still developed into one of the greatest athletes in the history of sport.
It is nice to see top sports players recognize each other across their particular sports. Haaland and Djokovic are amazing players in their own fields, and they will undoubtedly continue to entertain fans around the world.