The Norway international gave his views on which teams are most likely to win the upcoming tournament in Qatar.
Erling Haaland believes Brazil, Argentina, France, and England all have a shot at World Cup glory this winter.
The Manchester City striker won’t compete in the competition in Qatar after Norway’s failure to qualify, having finished third in their qualification group behind the Netherlands and Turkey.
Nevertheless, like Messi, Haaland feels Brazil, France, and England look in decent shape.
“I think the favorites should be Brazil, Argentina, France, and maybe England,” he told Sky Sports when asked which teams might win the World Cup.
“I cannot only say one because there are so many good teams.”
What will Haaland do during the World Cup break?
While there has been talk of a loan move to non-league club Ashton United during his World Cup break, Haaland has suggested that won’t be the case, saying he won’t overdo his training.
“I wished I played in the World Cup of course, but that’s the reality now [that] I don’t do [that], but I will relax my body and my mind a lot and then I will train,” the 22-year-old said.
“What I will train on? Nothing special I think, it’s been going quite well my first months at City, so I don’t need to do so many changes to be honest.
“It’s about preparing myself for the next half of the season and be ready when the next game kicks in after the break.”
Haaland has scored 23 goals in 18 games in all competitions for City since his €60 million arrival from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.