Erling Haaland has been named the UEFA Forward of the Season. - © DFL/Getty Images/Lukas Schulze
Erling Haaland has been named the UEFA Forward of the Season. - © DFL/Getty Images/Lukas Schulze
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Erling Haaland named UEFA Forward of the Season

Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland has been rewarded for an outstanding 2020/21 UEFA Champions League campaign by being named UEFA Forward of the Season.

It was a remarkable season for the 21-year-old, who finished ahead of Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski as the UEFA Champions League top goalscorer with 10 goals in eight appearances.

With two assists on top, he was a worthy winner, becoming both Norway's and Dortmund's first recipient of a UEFA award.

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In a vote involving the 24 coaches of the teams who participated in Euro 2020, the 80 coaches of the clubs who took part in the group stage of the 2020/21 Champions League and Europa League and 55 journalists selected by the European Sports Media (ESM) group, Haaland was the overwhelming choice with 202 points ahead of Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe (154 points) and Lewandowski (104).

"He's one of the best strikers in the world right now, already at his age," said former Bayern and current Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on uefa.com. "He can score with the right, left, via counterattacks, in the box. He's a fantastic striker; everyone knows it."

Current RB Leipzig coach Jesse Marsch - who will be aiming to get the better of Guardiola's city after being drawn together in Group A - knows Haaland from their days together at Red Bull Salzburg, and said: "He has so much talent. He's a great guy with a superb mentality. No matter what style of football you play, he will always score lots of goals. He's so incredibly strong and has the technique and pace."