- Erling Haaland has showed off all his scars from several battles with Yerry Mina
- Manchester City star played and scored in a 3-0 win against Everton on Sunday
- After the game, a topless Haaland displayed cuts from his tussles with defender
Erling Haaland has put his war wounds on display after several battles with Yerry Mina.
Manchester City star Haaland played 78 minutes in a comfortable 3-0 win against Everton on Sunday afternoon, scoring the second before half-time.
During the game, he was embroiled in an ongoing tussle with combative Toffees defender Mina.
The Colombian was accused by City boss Pep Guardiola of ‘unnecessary behaviour’ for his actions.
And afterwards, a shirtless Haaland showed off several scars on his shoulder, stomach, thigh and calves – before editing his boots to reflect his new goalscoring record.
Erling Haaland (above) has showed off his war wounds after a battle with Everton’s Yerry Mina
Manchester City striker was involved in a constant physical tussle with defender Mina (left)
Colombian Mina was involved in the rough-and-tumble from the start, grappling with Haaland
Haaland was also involved in a physical battle with Real Madrid centre back Antonio Rudiger in their Champions League semi-final first-leg tie, which ended as a 1-1 draw, on Tuesday evening.
So it is possible his scars could be from either game.
But centre half Mina certainly made his 6ft 5ins presence felt throughout the clash, using his height and strength to try to affect Haaland’s performance.
Guardiola then accused Mina of underhand tactics after an angry confrontation with the Everton player at full-time.
The City boss marched on to the pitch after the final whistle and made straight for the Colombian. Guardiola stood in front of Mina and waved his arms animatedly, shouting as he got his point across.
Mina had been involved in the game’s rough-and-tumble almost from the first minute.
He grappled with Haaland, who was unhappy with the physicality and, later, was involved in a skirmish with Aymeric Laporte, when there appeared to be pinching.
Guardiola, who also approached substitute Conor Coady, would not say what Mina had done that left him so incensed.
Referee Anthony Taylor (centre) had to speak to the pair to cool things down after their clashes
Mina fell down to make the most of a challenge from City defender Aymeric Laporte (No 14)
And after the game, City manager Pep Guardiola (left) raced onto the pitch to confront him
‘I am a big fan of Coady, I admire him from Wolves,’ said Guardiola. ‘Mina? It’s not necessary what he does.
‘Away from football, it is not necessary to do what he does every single game. And I told him, ‘You are a good enough player to avoid these kind of things’.
‘He knows (what he did). Ask him. This is not physical, this is not mental. There are things that are not necessary to do that he does. This time with Aymeric, Jack (Grealish), everybody. Ask him.’
Everton boss Sean Dyche, who went straight down the tunnel after clapping Everton’s fans, would not get into a row with Guardiola but had a withering response when it was suggested to him that Mina is a habitual offender.
‘He (Guardiola) must have done well to see it because (Mina) hasn’t been on the pitch for weeks!’ said Dyche, who only recalled the centre back last week. ‘Every manager has his own way of working.’
Haaland had worn boots inscribed with ’35’ against Everton to represent how many Premier League goals he had scored that season.
But after netting against Dyche’s side, he crossed out the five and replaced it with a six to reflect his new total.
His Instagram post of the boots has already been liked nearly 2.9million times at the time of writing.
In an Instagram post, Haaland showed off more scars and held up his newly amended boots
The Norwegian changed the number written on them to reflect his new tally of league goals