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Serbian FA president Nenad Bjekovic believes Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic is a better player than Manchester City star Erling Haaland.

The two are considered world’s best young strikers at the moment. However, while Haaland, who recently joined Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund, has 27 goals in 25 matches across European competitions, Vlahovic has only made three appearances on the continental stage.

But Bjekovic thinks his countryman may have the edge.

Asked to compare the two, he told Tuttosport:

Vlahovic is better and more complete than Haaland,” Bjekovic told Tuttosport when asked to stack the two stars together.

The Norwegian has devastating power, but Dusan is not inferior: there is also very little difference in their height.

But the Juventus forward’s variety and styles of player is better. Manchester City and Juventus paid more or less the same fee, including commissions, to sign the two this year from Borussia Dortmund and Fiorentina.

Haaland shot to prominence when he netted nine goals in Norway’s 12-0 win over Honduras at the U20 World Cup in 2019. He then scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for FC Salzburg and has since gone on to break several records at Dortmund.

Vlahovic broke through into the Fiorentina first team in the 2019-20 campaign but it was under Cesare Prandelli in the following season that his goal scoring exploded as he hit 21 in Serie A.

He netted 33 goals in 2021, equalling the Serie A calendar-year goals record set by Cristiano Ronaldo 12 months earlier.

By Amara

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