Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland (l.) has the edge over Paris Saint-Germain counterpart Kylian Mbappe (r.), says Luis Suarez (c.). - © imago/ DFL
Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland (l.) has the edge over Paris Saint-Germain counterpart Kylian Mbappe (r.), says Luis Suarez (c.). - © imago/ DFL
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"Erling Haaland over Kylian Mbappe" - Atletico Madrid forward Luis Suarez

Borussia Dortmund goal-scoring sensation Erling Haaland is a more complete forward than Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe, and will "define an era", according to Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez.

Haaland has scored 33 goals in 31 competitive games for Dortmund in 2020/21, including a tournament-leading 10 in his six UEFA Champions League appearances so far this season.

Mbappe has struck 30 times in 36 games, giving him a minutes-per-goal average of 92 compared to Haaland's 80.

The 20-year-old Haaland is also the youngest player to reach 20 Champions League goals, and the greenest European to hit 100 at senior level for club and country.

"I'm a bit more in favour of Haaland, but Mbappe is at a great level," Suarez told RAC1 journalist Gerard Romero on Twitch.

Praise indeed from one great forward to another. Suarez is still going strong at 34, with 19 La Liga goals for league leaders Atleti in 2020/21 alone. He played with Lionel Messi at Barcelona, and has netted over 500 senior goals for club and country.

At his peak, he was one of the most sought-after forwards in world football, and is not in the slightest bit surprised young Haaland is already in that bracket.

"He's a great player, he's at a spectacular level, he has an admirable physical strength," Suarez said of the Dortmund sharpshooter. "He's one of the best number nines in the world and will define an era."

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Haaland is well on his way to doing just that. In his 14 months as a Dortmund player, he's rattled off 49 goals in as many games, adding to his 29 efforts in 27 matches in RB Salzburg colours, 20 in 50 outings for Molde, and six in 10 on the international stage with Norway.

No wonder Suarez is so impressed.