Erling Haaland traveled to Norway on Sunday to carry out a remarkable shooting with photographer David Yarrow, with the aim of raising funds. The Manchester City striker posed in a viking outfit, partly submerged in the freezing water of a fjord.
The photo could serve as a cover for the Vikings series. It will perhaps give an idea for a cameo to the producers of the British saga, the last episodes of which (Vikings Valhalla, season 2) were broadcast at the start of the year on Netflix. Between two matches with Manchester City, Erling Haaland went to Norway on Sunday to carry out a remarkable shoot with art photographer David Yarrow, in the Oslo region.
Wearing a fur bib, the 23-year-old center forward partially submerged himself in the icy waters of a fjord to pose with an ax and sword in hand. By adopting a warrior air and posture, with his blond hair loose, in reference to his Scandinavian ancestors. Usually discreet off the field, the Norwegian international (26 caps, 25 goals) was convinced by this artistic project after a discussion between David Yarrow and his father Alfie, with the objective of raising funds for “causes that are close to our hearts” to the Haaland family.
Questioned by the Times, the Scottish photographer, who himself immersed himself in the water to take his photos, was delighted by his collaboration with the 1.95m striker: “It was a very weird and a little surreal, especially since he’s a lot taller than me, but we had a good laugh and it all happened very quickly. I can’t think of a better person to dress up as a Viking. It suits him wonderfully (…) It was such a privilege. I undertook this project with humility and a sense of responsibility. His time is precious and I didn’t want to waste it.”
Special boots to avoid injury
David Yarrow, known for his commitment to the fight for the protection of the environment, reveals that special precautions were taken to avoid the risk of Erling Haaland being injured at the shooting location. “We had rubber boots made especially for Erling, because in these Norwegian fjords there are a lot of little oyster shells,” he said. As we walked in the fjord one afternoon, I thought that he should not step on a sharp rock, because the trial that would follow would end my career. So we walked very carefully into the sea, little step by little step, until ‘until he had reached the necessary distance, which was, of course, further than for most people.’ The 57-year-old artist also clarified on Instagram that Haaland had been “very involved” and “charming” with the teams present on site.
After contributing to Manchester City’s resounding treble last season (Champions League-Premier League-FA Cup), Haaland has scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists in 9 appearances since the resumption (all competitions combined). Pep Guardiola’s players meet in Newcastle this Wednesday for the third round of the League Cup (9 p.m.), before going to Wolverhampton on Saturday in the championship (4 p.m.), then to Leipzig on October 4 in C1.
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