Rasmus Winther Højlund (born 4 February 2003) is a Danish professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Manchester United and the Denmark national team.
Early life and career
Hojlund also comes from a family of footballers. Even though his father Anders never left Denmark and never won an international cap, his son has already done that.
Hojlund has already made his debut with the senior team, while his brothers Oscar and Emil are regulars in the Copenhagen reserve team.
“If you think about who he resembles, Haaland quickly comes to mind, but I like Hojlund and I don’t like Haaland”, former player Antonio Cassano said.
While these comparisons are on the table, it is also important to remember that Hojlund is still just 20 and is still growing, creating his own story in Serie A.
Højlund graduated from Copenhagen’s youth academy, making his first-team debut for the club aged 17 in October 2020. After scoring five goals in 32 appearances for Copenhagen, he joined Austrian club Sturm Graz in January 2022. Later that year, he was signed by Atalanta for €17 million.
Højlund played youth international football for Denmark from under-16 to under-21 level. He made his senior international debut in September 2022.
Højlund was born in Copenhagen and grew up in Hørsholm, Capital Region. He played youth football for HUI and Brøndby, before joining Copenhagen’s youth system. He made his professional debut for Copenhagen at the age of 17 in October 2020. During the 2021–22 season, he made his debut in European competitions, contributing five goals in the UEFA Europa Conference League across qualification rounds and the tournament proper.
In January 2022, Højlund joined Austrian Bundesliga club Sturm Graz for a reported fee of €1.8 million. He scored 12 goals in 21 games across all competitions during the remainder of the 2021–22 season and the start of the 2022–23 season.
On 27 August 2022, Højlund signed with Serie A club Atalanta in a deal worth a reported €17 million. He scored his first goal for Atalanta on 5 September in a 2–0 away win over Monza. Initially confined to a substitute role at the beginning of the season, he carved out a place for himself in the squad due to the poor form and injuries of usual starter, Duván Zapata. In January 2023, he went on to deliver several convincing performances, notably scoring four goals in four consecutive games.
In September 2022, Højlund played his first international matches for Denmark against Croatia and France during the UEFA Nations League. On 23 March 2023, he made his first international start, scoring a hat-trick in a 3–1 win against Finland during the UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying, his first goals for his country.
Comparisons with Haaland
The comparisons to the Manchester City striker have also been highlighted by Atalanta coach Gasperini.
“The characteristics are very similar, especially in accelerations,” Gasperini stated.
“He is a very fast player, he does the 100 meters in less than 11 seconds.
“For his height, he has a low center of gravity and an incredible stride frequency.
“I’m convinced he will have a great career. Technically, he always shows different and better things”.
Since 2023 Hojlund has scored five goals for La Dea and, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, his market price already exceeds 40 million euros.
“Hojlund is a great talent, physically strong and with great speed,” Atalanta captain Rafael Toloi said.
“He has everything he needs to be great and is working with the right coach and with the right team.”
Parents and family
The Dane was born on a Tuesday, the 4th of February 2003, to his father, Anders Højlund and mother, Kirsten Winther.
Rasmus Hojlund is the first child and son among three children (himself and two brothers). The footballer has no sister.
He comes from a family of athletes. His father, Anders, was a soccer player in the Danish league. His mother, Kristen Winther, was a sprinter.
Partner/ Wife and Children
The talented young striker Rasmus Højlund is dating Laura Rhod Sondergaard.
Is Rasmus Højlund married?: No, Rasmus Højlund is at the moment not yet married.
Rasmus Højlund has no kids for now.
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