Erling Haaland Norway shirt from 2017 sold for nearly $20,000
A shirt worn by Erling Haaland in a 2017 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifying match has been auctioned off for an incredible $19,200.
The Norwegian striker, who has gone on to become one of the best strikers in the world, has been equally prolific at youth level.
Haaland went on to win the Golden Boot with his nine goals. But even before that game, he was regularly tearing up the international scene.
In 2017 – a year before he became top scorer in qualifying for the 2018 Under-19 tournament – Haaland impressed for Norway in the European Under-19 Championship qualifier.
In the end, Norway did not qualify for the 2017 tournament, but five years later a match-worn Haaland shirt sold for a high price at auction.
As described by Goldin Auctions, the jersey is an all-red size “L” Nike Dri-Fit Jersey with navy lining around the collar and sides.
Haaland’s number ’19’ is screen printed on the front and back in white and the Norway logo patch is applied to the front left chest, while a Nike ‘swoosh’ is visible on the front right chest.
The jersey also came with a COA [Certificate of authenticity] of the Paris Saint-Germain Foundation attesting to its use.
Goldin says Haaland’s former agent Mino Raiola donated this shirt. Raiola was Haaland’s agent until his death in April 2022.
According to the Goldin website, a final bid of $19,200 has been placed for the game-worn jersey on Nov. 5 at 9:37 p.m. He received a total of 22 bids and the auction officially ended at 2:30 a.m. on November 6.
Haaland of course became one of the best in the world. But that won’t come as much of a surprise to those who saw him play for Byrne FK’s academy.
Aftenbladet footage proves Haaland was already a serious player at 13. Playing in a local cup game indoors in what looks like a small-scale game, he made it look too easy.
Former Haaland youth coach Alf Ingve Berntsen knew he was special from the age of five.
“I first saw Erling when he was five when he joined indoor training with a group one year older,” Berntsen told Goal.
“His first two touches led to goals. He was very, very good from the first moment, even though he had never played for the club before.
“He started playing in his own age group, but because he was so much better than the others, we immediately propelled him to under 6.
“In 2005, the club built a grass-covered indoor football pitch which was always open at weekends. Erling and about twenty others always met there on weekends and played for hours.
“He was a bit shorter than his opponents because he was a year younger. But even though his opponent was significantly taller, he continued to score goals. When he was 11 or 12, we knew he would go far. We already knew back then that he had what it takes to be a young international.
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