Erling Haaland, who is still only 22 years old, has already started writing his name in the annals of football history.
The Norwegian, whose career began at Molde, made a splash with Red Bull Salzburg before establishing himself at Borussia Dortmund. He has just played six games since joining Manchester City, but he already has Premier League records in his sights.
Erling Haaland Making History At 22
Like any major player, Erling Haaland has grown to enjoy the spotlight, and the Champions League is where he has found success. The forward, who averages over a goal per game, has performed admirably in the knockout rounds and will be aiming for European triumph at the Etihad.
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Records and Erling Haaland seem to have been intertwined recently, with the Norwegian artist already creating a name for himself in England. Before the end of his rookie season, he will undoubtedly be aiming for Mohamed Salah’s record-breaking total of 32 goals in a single campaign. We examine the records already in the possession of the City star.
Before playing without a goal against Bournemouth, Erling Haaland scored twice in his debut for West Ham United. But after that, the forward kicked into high gear, scoring one in Newcastle United’s comeback tie. The first hat-trick, the first of perhaps many, followed.
At the Etihad Stadium, the City player scored three goals against Crystal Palace before doing it again a few days later against Nottingham Forest. It surpassed the previous mark of eight, held by Sergio Aguero and Micky Quinn, and gave him nine goals in his first five appearances in England’s top division.
Erling Haaland is no stranger to getting off to a quick start; he did the same when he arrived at Dortmund. He came off the bench against Augsburg and scored a hat-trick on his debut for the German team, and it appeared to be part of a script. In his first three games, he went on to score seven goals, including braces in games two and three. It set a Bundesliga record for the haul.
Erling Haaland left the Bundesliga after two and a half seasons with 62 goals. These goals were scored in just 67 games, giving the forward an average of one per 87 minutes. That is superior to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who averaged a goal per 116 minutes, and the prolific Robert Lewandowski, who scored a goal every 100 minutes.
After scoring the game-winning goal this past week, Erling Haaland has continued to score for and against Dortmund, which is a tribute to how long he has been scoring. He outlived the previous record holder, Alvaro Morata, who scored goals for and against Real Madrid at the age of 22 years and 194 days.
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