Erling Haaland has given Manchester City fans another reason to be excited ahead of their Champions League showdown with Bayern Munich.
The Norwegian striker, who has been a revelation in his debut season in England, scoring 30 Premier League goals and 44 in all competitions, has unveiled a new hairstyle just in time for the big game.
Haaland scored twice in City’s last match and was rested for the final stages, signaling his importance to the team ahead of the crucial clash.
But fans have been stunned by Haaland changing up his appearance going into the quarter-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium.
The former Borussia Dortmund bagsman normally has his hair tied up in a ponytail but decided to put his long locks in pigtail braids, new images show.
The 6ft 5 specimen looked even more like a viking with his new trim but was also reminiscent of an eight year old child at the same time, garnering plenty of reaction amongst supporters on social media.
One joked: “Haaland just back from a family holiday in Portugal.”
A second said: “He looks like the adult version of the kid in Matilda who gets thrown by trunchbull.”
Another added: “He needs to bring this out in the game dog.”
A fourth laughed: “May god help Bayern, cause this guy just tapped into his Viking ancestors.”
A fifth had the same thought, writing: “He really loves his viking heritage.”
A sixth commented: “Greta [Thunberg] got really tall didn’t she?”
It remains to be seen whether Haaland will persist with the braided look when he mixes it up with the likes of Dayot Upamecano and Matthias de Ligt.
He had sat out the 4-1 thrashing of Liverpool a week prior but wasted no time being amongst the goals again.
His last Champions League appearance was his insane five-goal haul in the 7-0 hammering inflicted on RB Leipzig.