Scoring goals is the most difficult thing in football but Norwegian international ErlingHaaland has made it so simple to the extent that you’ll begin to question the authenticity of that statement. The Borussia Dortmund striker has made the art of scoring goals so easy and the only explanation one can for his ridiculousness in front of goal is to say that the 20-year-old is naturally born to score goals.
ErlingHaaland is the son of former Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and Manchester City defender Alf-Inge Haaland but he was relatively unknown despite the popularity of his father who played in defence or midfield for Manchester City and Leeds United in the Premier League.
Haaland announced himself to the world for the first time when he broke the record for the most goals scored in a FIFA u-20 World Cup last summer. Haaland scored nine goalsto lead Norway to a 12-0 win over 10-man Honduras who had Axel Gomez sent off at the start of the second half of the group game played at the 2019 FIFA World Cup tournament in Poland. The result in Group C set a new record for the heaviest defeat in the history of the competition.
Haaland, 20, never looked back from this red-hot goalscoring form even when he returned to senior football at Austrian to flight club Red Bull Salzburg. He had joined Salzburg from Norwegian first division team Molde in January 2019.
On his return to Salzurg, Haaland scored 16 goals in just 14 league games in the Austrian Bundesliga. In total, the striker scored 28 goals in just 22 appearances in all competitions before his €20m transfer to Borussia Dortmund in January 2020.
The Norwegian international star has maintained a similar goalscoring tempo despite moving a level higher from the Austrian Bundesliga to the German Bundesliga.ErlingHaaland scored 13 goals in 15 league games for Dortmund in the second half of last season having moved to the club midway into the campaign.
He scored 16 goals in 18 Dortmund matches to make it a total of 44 goals in 40 games for the season. While he was at Salzburg, he had become only the sixth player to score in five successive Champions League games after Alessandro Del Piero, SerhiyRebrov, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Robert Lewandowski. Borussia Dortmund were knocked out at the start of the knockout stages but Haaland still finished as the second topscorerin the Champions League with 10 goals behind Robert Lewandowski.
On his Dortmund debut, he netted three goals in 23 minutes after coming as a 56th minute substitute to become only the second Borussia Dortmund player to achieve the feat after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. He was rightfully named the recipient for the 2020 Golden Boy Award meant for players under the age of 21 in the major European leagues last week and the 20-year-old attacker celebrated it in style with four goals in 32 minutes during the German Bundesliga clash at Hertha Berlin.
Dortmund came from behind to beat their hosts 5-2 in the game to move from third to second position on the league standings and within one point of league leaders Bayern Munich.
Those four goals took his league tally to 10 goals in just seven games and one goal behind leading goalscorer Robert Lewandowski. He now has 86 goals plus 20 assists in 114 appearances in his career.
ErlingHaaland has scored 15 goals in 14 games this season for Borussia Dortmund to take his tally to a total of 31 goals in 30 appearances since joining them. He has 36 goals in 35 games for both club and country in 2020 in addition to being the joint leading scorer in the Champions League this season with four goals. The tall striker also has 23 goals in 22 appearances for his team in the German Bundesliga.