Bomber, goalscorer, goal machine, call it what you prefer, Erling Haaland he is now one of the most prominent players in recent years worldwide, despite his young age. The numbers speak for him: this season between the club and the national team he has scored on average forty-two goals in thirty-nine games. Not surprisingly, the award for best player of the year in the German league and the title of top scorer in the UEFA Champions League for the 2020/21 season went to him.
HOT FOOT – The “vice” of scoring is nothing new for the Norwegian born in 2000, this tendency to finish is inherent in his DNA. At just 19 years old in his Champions League debut with the Salzburg shirt he decides to immediately prove what he does best. He scores the hat-trick that makes him the second youngest player – after Wayne Rooney – to have scored three goals on his debut in Europe’s top competition. As if that weren’t enough, he also earns the title of footballer who has scored the most goals in his first three Champions League appearances, stealing the place from Didier Drogba. He leaves the Austrians in the 2019/2020 season, collecting a total of 29 goals in 27 matches and flies to Germany.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND – The most incredible figures come with the Borussia Dortmund shirt, with whom he played from the 2019/20 season to the one just ended. Here, too, Haaland managed to emerge with braces and triplets, often decisive. If there is one thing that distinguishes him, it is continuity: it is rare that he leaves the field without stamping the card at least once. In fact, he risked equaling or exceeding – as with Salzburg – the number of appearances with that of goals: 86 goals in a total of 89 games, including the European Cups.
RECORD NATIONAL – Haarling is a diamond that shines even in the Norwegian senior national team, with which he made his debut in 2019 after the process from the Under-15s to the Under-21s. With the Norway shirt he conquers another record, thanks to his ability to never be caught unprepared in front of the goal: he is the player to have reached twenty goals fastest in the history of national teams. Crucial for this goal was the double scored in the last Nations League against Sweden, won 3-2.
AND NOW THE CITY – In the last few days the official announcement on his future has arrived: Erling Haaland is a new Manchester City player. The boy will then follow in the footsteps of his father, Alf-Inge, a former professional footballer who spent much of his career in England, from Nottingham Forest, to Leed United and then to Manchester City. Probably, under the guidance of Pep Guardiola and employed in a game like that of the Citizens Haaland he will be able to give his best. We just have to enjoy the show.
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