In just a few seasons, Erling Haaland is breaking records with incredible performances and is already among the best strikers in the world.
At 22 years old, Erling Haaland is well on his way to making football history. The young Norwegian has proven to be even more devastating than many had predicted. He is breaking many records even of the greats such as Kylian Mbappé, Lionel Messi, Robert Lewandowski, and also Cristiano Ronaldo.
No wonder the international striker is making headlines on the football betting blogs because, after only a few seasons, he is already in the top 20 of the best scorers in the history of the Champions League. Where does he come from? How did he get there? What records has he already broken? In this article, we tell you everything about Erling Haaland, the young football prodigy.
His Footballing Beginnings
Erling Haaland is a Norwegian international footballer born on July 21, 2000, who plays as a striker. His father is a former international midfielder who played for Norway before leaving for Manchester City. Erling was brought up with the sounds of the fans and the ball throughout his childhood. The young football enthusiast was trained in a special structure, composed of about forty hand-picked young players. The coach of this different team advocated fun in the game and made this youth team the best in Norway. The potential of the striker was then exploited to the maximum and allowed him to join a Norwegian D2 club, Bryne FK.
Erling Braut Haaland was then only fifteen years old when he played a few games with the adults as a left winger. However, he did not score a single goal for Bryne FK. The following season, the young striker joined Molde FK in the Norwegian top flight. He scored his first professional goal in the Cup but then suffered a difficult growth spurt that kept him off the field. The young Norwegian played his first league game in April and was used more and more during the season by a certain Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
In 2018 he joined the Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg. Until now, Haaland had a timid start. He scored only one goal in several games and was then called to play in the U20 World Cup with Norway. Despite the team’s failure, Haaland distinguished himself by scoring nine goals in one game. He returned from this competition transformed, and scored 29 goals in 27 games with 7 assists. The young striker was not afraid of the Champions League and scored a hat-trick against Genk, a quadruple against Napoli, and a goal against Liverpool in his first European match.
Such performances could not go unnoticed. Inevitably, Europe is snatching him, and it is Borussia Dortmund who will realize a masterstroke by offering him December 29, 2019, for only 20 million euros. For his first game in the Borussia shirt on January 18, 2020, he faced FC Augsburg. It was not until the 56th minute that he came into play while his team was led 3-1.
The Norwegian genius scored a hat-trick in the space of twenty-three minutes and participated in the 3-5 victory. Erling Braut Haaland, who has for model the French Kylian Mbappé, scored for his first season 16 goals in 18 games, all competitions. His 2020/2021 season is stratospheric. On November 21, 2020, the international striker is elected Golden Boy by the Italian daily Tuttosport, and on the same day, he scored the first quadruple of his career in the Bundesliga in a 5-2 win at Hertha Berlin.
In May 2022, Erling Haaland was recruited by Manchester City, for almost 75 million euros. The native of Norway did not need time to adapt to the English championship. The formidable striker scored one of the hat-tricks to no end.
The first two trips were against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest in late August 2022. He scored his third hat-trick in the large victory of the English champions in the derby against Manchester United (6-3). With the bonus of two assists for Phil Foden, who also scored a hat-trick. Haaland has clearly become for all betting lovers the best options to bet on.
Already a Record Breaker
The incredible performance of the former Borussia Dortmund striker allowed him to make a remarkable entry into the history of the Premier League, becoming the fastest player to achieve this performance in the English league. He needed only five games to achieve this feat, while Demba Ba, the previous record holder, achieved it in 21 games.
After only eight games in the Premier League, he had already scored 14 goals. And as proof of his great efficiency, he has scored more goals than 14 of the 20 teams in the league. At this rate, he is well on his way to breaking many records across the Channel. Starting with Alan Shearer’s record for most hat-tricks in a single season. During the 1995-1996 season, the English striker scored three goals on five occasions (against Coventry, Nottingham Forest, West Ham, Bolton, and Tottenham). With already three hat-tricks in only eight games, Erling Haaland could quickly make it his own.
On February 25, 2023, Erling Haaland already had 27 goals in the Premier League this season (in 24 games played). He has thus set a new record in the history of Manchester City since the creation of the Premier League in 1992. The Norwegian striker is better than Sergio Agüero (26 goals in 2014-2015, 24 goals in 2015-2016, 23 goals in 2011-2012) and Carlos Tevez (23 goals in 2009-2010).
These astounding results reshuffled the deck on Champions League Betting. With 25 goals in 20 European games, Haaland had become the most effective young striker in history. After 20 games in European competitions, Kylian Mbappé had 12 goals, Lionel Messi eight, Robert Lewandowski six, and Cristiano Ronaldo had hit the target only once.
Haaland is already the third-highest Norwegian scorer in UEFA club competition history, behind Harald Brattbakk (31 goals in 75 games) and John Carew (28 in 85). He surpassed Toré André Flo (24 goals, but in 61 matches). It took him only 14 games to overtake his former coach at Molde, Ole Gunnar Solskjær (19 Champions League goals in 77 games).
Erling Braut Haaland is showing the world that he has a place among the greats of football. At his young age, his achievements are great and he shows that he is hungry for more. In his sights of records, we can already see that of Mohamed Salah with 32 goals in 38 matches in the 2017-2018 season. The Norwegian “cyborg”, as he is nicknamed, could even pulverize it, which is launched on the bases of 60 goals this season. Thanks to his constant performances, he makes the job easier to accurate football predictions, and many clubs are competing for this jewel of only 22 years.