Erling Braut Haaland - the hottest goalscorer in Europe
Håland – the hottest striker at the moment
Look at the good football forwards: Karim Benzema, Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Cristiano Ronaldo … But the hottest player right now is a 19-year-old Norwegian boy, Erling Braut Haaland. We are going to tell you who he is.
Haaland – the young Norwegian pearl
This boy was born in July 2000, that is, he belongs to Generation Z. Therefore, at the time of writing this article, he is only 19 years old.
He started his career at the Norwegian Bryne FK club in 2016 before being bought by Molde FK where he played for two years. In January 2019, he was signed by the Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg and his meteoric career began there.
Golden Boot at the U-20 World Cup in Poland
In September 2019, Erling Braut Haaland participated in the U-20 Soccer World Cup in Poland with his team, Norway. In this tournament, Haaland won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer after playing 3 games and scoring 9 goals, in one game! Yes, you read correctly, 9 goals in one match. Because Norway won 12-0 against Honduras and our friend Erling Braut Haaland scored 9 goals breaking the record for goals in a U-20 World Cup.
The previous record belonged to the Brazilian Adailton who scored six against Korea in 1997. In fact, it is a record of goals by the same player in a FIFA match, including male and female competitions. Nor has any team won with so many goals in a U-20 Soccer World Cup match.
Haaland at Red Bull Salzburg
Erling Braut Haaland has played for Red Bull Salzburg since January 2019 and scored an impressive 29 goals in 27 games for the Austrian team. He scored a hattrick in the Austrian Cup and two other hat-tricks in the league. But not happy with that, he scored another hat-trick three days later in the Champions League. Red Bull Salzburg overcame the Belgian Genk and won 6-2 in the Champions League.
The second teenager to score in three Champions League games in a row
But since Erling Braut Håland has no limit, he also scored in the next two games of the Champions League group with his Red Bull Salzburg. He scored 1 goal against Liverpool FC and another 2 against Italian Napoli. He is just the second young player in history to have scored in his first three Champions League games. The first to do so was Karim Benzema. He was also the first soccer player to score six goals in the first three games of the Champions League. He kept scoring and has thus joined a very exclusive club of players who have scored in five consecutive games: Robert Lewandowski, Alessandro Del Piero, Serhiy Rebrov, Neymar and CR7, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Erling Braut Haaland at Borussia Dortmund
With 8 goals scored in European competitions, and in just 7 matches, it was normal for Håland to be one of the most sought-after attackers on the Old Continent. It sounded for one of the greats, like Real Madrid CF or Juventus. They also said he was going to English Manchester United since his coach is Norwegian, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a former superstar from the Nordic country. But in the end, Erling Braut Haaland ended up in the Bundesliga, in Borussia Dortmund. A somewhat curious choice.
But Håland seems to know what he is doing: He made his debut against Augsburg in the Bundesliga on January 18, 2020. He started on the bench and entered the field in the 56th minute. In 23 minutes he had scored a hattrick. Brutal!
He also scored in his second Bundesliga game.
Håland decides the match against PSG in the Champions League
On Tuesday, February 18, Borussia Dortmund played against PSG in the Champions League. Of course, in a match like that, everyone was talking about superstars Neymar and Kylian Mbappé. But Haaland was going to steal the show again … Two more goals in the Champions League to give his team victory. Håland scored the first for the German team but then PSG tied with a goal from Neymar with a pass from Mbappé. And in the 76th minute Haaland appears again launching a real missile from outside the area, to steal the party from Neymar and company.
A meteoric career and one of the greatest football promises in the world
As we can see, Erling Braut Haaland’s career is unstoppable. He has scored 10 goals in the Champions League in 7 games and above all very important goals. He is a born scorer, a Marco Van Basten type killer, Ronaldo Nazário (he from Brazil), Sergio Agüero, CR7 … There are few players like that.
And he’s only 19 years old. He is on his way to being a megastar.
Curiosities about Erling Braut Håland
Haaland is the son of soccer player Alf-Inge Haaland, a former Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Manchester City player. He went international with Norway 34 times. His son Erling could have played for the England team since he has an English mother and was born in the city of Leeds. In fact, he has said that his dream would be to play one day with Leeds United (currently in the English Second Division, The Championship). He moved to Norway when he was 3 years old.