Certainly it made the argument that there are different roads, but one detail that jumped out in the story. In 2005 Bryne built an indoor grass-covered soccer pitch. This was left open for use at weekends and around 20 of Haaland’s group spent hours playing between themselves whenever possible.
He began by playing in Ballincollig with loads of kids who went on to England or played League of Ireland, being invited to a five-a-side with his brother, Cillian, and guys like Colin Healy, Liam Miller and others and just that quality that he was exposed to locally growing up, playing with and against that constantly.
Dennis Bergkamp famously had a quote about being obsessed with hitting the ball off a wall at home and just learning the angles and how the ball moved and stopped.
We read an interview with Colin O’Riordan, who went from Tipperary to Aussie Rules and whose focus when he first went out there was to get 2,000 touches of the ball every day, just to catch up with the locals.