Tuesday, July 16

Haaland – The next big thing

Few would have expected Erling Haaland to continue his scoring prowess when the Norwegian sealed his move from Salzburg to Dortmund midway last season. With a brace in the win over Club Brugge last week, Haaland has 44 goals and 10 assists in 40 matches for German giants.

Haaland grew up in the small town of Bryne. He shattered records at Red Bull Salzburg in Austria and has continued his run in Germany too. Dortmund is renowned for incubating brilliant young talents from Europe but Haaland’s progress has helped uplift Dortmund to the next level.
Norway went on to score 12-0 in one of the matches at U20 World Cup.

Haaland was disappointed by his 4 goals in the first half and ended up adding five more in the second half, taking his tally to nine. It was a record for the tournament, all but ensuring the Golden Boot, the top scorer’s trophy. “Are you satisfied now?” he asked Markovic afterward. “No!” he replied. It shows that he still needs one more, no matter how many goals he scores.

If there is some doubt that he is one of the world’s most promising young stars, remember this: as of Nov. 4, the 20-year-old has now scored 14 Champions League goals in 11 games— no player in so few games have scored as many. It took Lionel Messi 28 and Cristiano Ronaldo 51 matches to reach the feat.

The previous record for the fastest 14 strikes in the contest was set by Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur, who did so in 17 matches.

In UCL, Haaland now has scored as many goals as George Weah, Zinedine Zidane, and Ian Rush. Haaland has now scored in the game against every single opponent he has ever met.

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