Erling Haaland bid farewell to Borussia Dortmund with a goal in his last game for the club before joining Manchester City.
The 21-year-old striker, whose £51m transfer to City has already been confirmed, received a warm welcome from the Signal Iduna Park faithful ahead of Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Hertha Berlin, at the during which the Norwegian scored a penalty in the 68th minute.
Haaland’s exit this summer was expected due to a release clause in his contract – and he leaves the Bundesliga on good terms after 86 goals in 89 appearances.
It’s a day of farewell for the German giants, who also say goodbye to Marcel Schmelzer, Axel Witsel, Roman Burki, Dan-Axel Zagadou and Marwin Hitz.
Defender Schmelzer has spent his entire professional career at Dortmund and was pictured crying as he greeted the fans before kick-off.
But the biggest tribute was given to sporting director and club legend Michael Zorc.
The iconic former midfielder is ending a 44-year association with the club, having spent his entire playing career at Dortmund before revolutionizing their transfer model.
Zorc signed Ilkay Gundogan, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ousmane Dembele, Jadon Sancho and Haaland for a total of €86.8m before selling them for €431.25m.
The 59-year-old was in tears as he said goodbye to the fans and they responded with an incredible visual tribute – which, in truth, made Haaland’s farewell quite insignificant by comparison.
Haaland tweeted a message thanking the black and yellow fans for a memorable two years at the club.
He said: “It was just an honor to wear this shirt. To
“I’ve had some memorable times, met some special people, not to mention a fanbase that has always been our extra man on the pitch. The yellow wall is truly amazing. I’ll never forget any of that! Thank you all!”
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