Manchester City’s Golden boy Erling Haaland made history once again by breaking Kylian Mbappé’s record and becoming the youngest player to score 30 goals in Champions League history.
He scored five times, including a hat-trick in the first half, as Man City beat RB Leipzig 7-0 to reach the last 16 of the Champions League.
The golden boy confidently slotted past goalkeeper Janis Blaswich to break the record. In his short stay at Man City (since last summer), Haaland scored 39 goals in 36 games.
“My superpower is scoring goals”
“A big part of it is being quick in the mind and trying to put it where the goalie isn’t.”
“I told him (manager Pep Guardiola) that I would like to score a double hat-trick, but what can I do?”
After the brilliant result, Pep Guardiola allowed himself to compare Haaland with Messi:
“The difference is that Erling maybe needs all his teammates to get to the goal, but when he does, it’s amazing. Messi had the ability to do everything himself”. “His greatest talent is to put the ball in the net and in that respect he is a fantastic goalscorer. His numbers are frankly frightening. They speak for themselves. He gives us the feeling “that he is always hungry for goals”.
As a negative trait of Haaland pointed out: “Once he said that he would rather touch the ball five times and score five goals. I don’t like that. I want him to be more involved and touch the ball more, so besides scoring goals, to have that feeling that a football player can only have when in contact with the ball”.