How good can Erling Haaland be and how many goalscoring records will the Manchester City striker break? The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Sergio Aguero and Alan Shearer are nervously waiting to find out the answers.
Since completing a £51m transfer from Borussia Dortmund to City this summer, Haaland has scored an outstanding 19 goals in 12 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s team. With Southampton struggling next at the Etihad on Saturday, there is a real possibility that the former Molde and Salzburg striker will score a hat-trick in four successive Premier League home games.
Already this season, Haaland rewrote the record books in a City shirt. He eclipsed club legend Aguero by scoring in nine consecutive matches – Aguero only managed to score eight games in a row on two occasions – he scored 10 goals in the Premier League in the shortest time (six games) and became the first player to score in his career. first four Premier League away matches.
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Haaland’s father Alfie, a former City midfielder, recently said in the documentary Haaland: The Big Decision that his son could have been in Europe’s top leagues in his career: “I think Erling wants to prove his ability in all leagues. you can stay there [Manchester City] three to four years maximum. It could be, for example, 2.5 years in Germany, 2.5 years in England, and then in Spain, Italy, France, right?”
The possibility of Erling Haaland breaking major records in England is ticking away, but having made such a phenomenal start to his career at Etihad, the 22-year-old certainly stands a chance of breaking a few more records before he hangs up his city shirt. That’s what he should pay attention to.
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Fastest player to score 100 Premier League goals
Shearer (whose name will be mentioned several times in this article) holds the record for the fastest player to score 100 goals in the Premier League, reaching the century mark after 124 games for Blackburn Rovers in 1995-96.
Shearer’s exploits for Blackburn helped the club win the Premier League title in 1994–95 when he scored 34 goals in a 42-game season and later became the most expensive player in the world with a move to Newcastle United for a record £15m pounds sterling in August 1996. .
Haaland will likely need at least 2.5 seasons at his current level of performance to score 100 Premier League goals. But he’s already scored 14 goals in eight games, so Shearer’s record is definitely one he can beat.
Fastest player to score three hat-tricks in the Premier League
Haaland set that record for himself last Sunday, becoming the first Manchester City player to score a hat-trick against Manchester United since Francis Lee in 1970. Phil Foden then became the second to do so in the same game.
It took Haaland just eight Premier League games to score three hat-tricks, and the scale of his feat is underscored by the fact that he took the record from Michael Owen, who scored his third Premier League hat-trick for Liverpool in his 48th game.
Most goals scored in a Premier League season
Shearer and Andy Cole share the Premier League season record of 34 goals, although both have scored in 42 campaign games: Cole scored for Newcastle in 1993–94 and Shearer for Blackburn in 1994–95.
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah holds the record for most goals in a 38-game season with 32 in 2017/18, but both 34 and 32 are under serious threat from Haaland this season.
All-time Premier League top scorer
Shearer still holds the Premier League goalscoring record despite the last of his 260 goals in 441 games coming in 2005-06 for Newcastle.
Rooney, who scored 208 Premier League goals in 491 games for Everton and Manchester United before retiring, is the only striker to break the 200 goal barrier, although Tottenham’s Harry Kane (190 in 290 games) is closing in. to this milestone and may yet reconsider Shearer’s account as he is only 29 years old.
Shearer’s record is all the more remarkable as he did not play in his first Premier League game until he was 22 – he had already scored 22 goals in the old First Division for Southampton – and he suffered a cruciate ligament injury and a serious injury ankles. injury during his peak years at Blackburn and Newcastle.
If those injuries were taken into account and added to that were Shearer’s 22 goals before the start of the Premier League in 1992-93, the former England captain would probably have scored over 300 club goals.
If Haaland wants to get close to Shearer’s record, even if he stays at City for six seasons, he’ll have to average just over 43 goals per season to reach 260 goals.
Most hat-tricks in the Premier League
Agüero has the most hat-tricks in the Premier League, with the former Argentina international scoring 12 goals for City in his 10 years at the Etihad.
But with three hat-tricks already for City, Haaland could strike Aguero off the record book if he keeps up his pace and only plays three full seasons at the club.
Most goals scored in a Manchester derby
Rooney had the distinction of scoring the most goals in the Manchester derby, with 11 goals in all competitions for United against City.
Joe Hayes and Lee are City’s top scorers in this match with 10 goals each, but with three goals in the same game already (thanks to a hat-trick in a recent 6-3 win), Haaland can quickly overtake both players and Rooney . become the top scorer in the Manchester derby.
Most goals scored in the Champions League
Ronaldo is the top scorer in Champions League history with 140 goals for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. This is a record that many thought would never be broken due to Ronaldo’s incredible consistency.
However, Haaland is becoming a real threat and he won’t need to stay at City to break this record. After scoring twice in City’s 5-0 win against Copenhagen this week, Haaland has taken his Champions League tally to 28 goals in 22 appearances for Salzburg, Borussia Dortmund and City.
If he leaves City in the coming years, you can safely assume that Haaland will only play for Champions League heavyweights, so he will still score a lot of goals in Europe.
But Ronaldo’s record is huge – the 37-year-old also tops the charts in Champions League appearances (183) – and Haaland will need to play regularly in competition for the next 10 years to stand a chance of breaking the record. It. And he must stay in shape.
Most Champions League goals in a single season
Ronaldo may keep his Champions League record, but he may be forced to say goodbye to that record.
During Real Madrid’s run to victory in the Champions League in 2013–14, Ronaldo scored 17 goals in 11 games for the La Liga team, which remains a single-season record.
But Haaland has already scored five goals in three games in Europe for City this season, so if Pep Guardiola’s side are in serious competition – with a possible 13 games in total – Ronaldo’s score could eclipse.
England record that should have been unbeatable
Every soccer-obsessed kid who grew up in England has heard the legend of Dixie Dean.
Dean scored 60 goals in 39 league games for Everton in the old First Division in 1927/28, and no one has come close to breaking that record before or since.
Aston Villa’s Tom Waring scored 49 goals in 1930-31, the closest he’s ever been to imitate Dean, immortalized in a statue near Goodison Park.
But could Haaland have done the unthinkable and surpassed 60 goals? He has already scored 14 goals in eight Premier League games for City, which puts him on a goal-scoring percentage of 1.75 goals per game. If he maintains this form for 38 games, he could score 66 goals this season.
This remains unlikely, but the fact that Dean’s track record is even mentioned in connection with Haaland highlights just how remarkable a talent he is.