Haaland's stunning winner against Borussia Dortmund reminded Pep Guardiola of Johan Cruyff and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Manchester City star scored an acrobatic 84th-minute volley to seal the 2-1 win against his former team in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.

Speaking to the media after the match, his Spanish manager was in awe of his goal and could not resist comparing him to Cruyff.

"Maybe the people who know me, you know the influence Johan Cruyff had in my life, as a person, an educator, a manager and a mentor, everything.

"Johan Cruyff, years and years ago at Camp Nou, scored an incredible goal against Atletico Madrid. It was quite similar. The moment he scored the goal I thought, 'Johan Cruyff'," he said.

Guardiola also saw the similarities in terms of skill level between the Norwegian and Ibrahimovic, whom he coached at Barcelona.

"The first impression that I had, I remember a little bit my friend, my dear friend Ibrahimovic, had this incredible ability to put the leg on the roof, and Erling is quite similar like that," he added.

"[Haaland] is elastic, flexible and has that ability to make the contact and put it in the net. You see how big he is, how does he have this flexibility?

"I think it's in his nature; his mom and dad gave him this flexibility."