Erling Haaland’s stats this season are just too impressive for a 19-year-old.
The Norwegian has scored Thirty-nine goals. Six hat-tricks. Eleven goals in seven games for Borussia Dortmund. Ten goals in seven Champions League games.
Haaland’s brilliance and consistency continued on Tuesday as his two goals gave Dortmund a 2-1 win over Neymar and Mbappe led Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
His latest goals – one a tap-in and the second a thumping strike from 20 yards.
However, his last night show of brilliance means he has reached double figures in the Champions League four games faster than any other player in the competition’s history and is the only teenager to reach double figures in a single season.
Kylian Mbappe, an opponent on Tuesday, did not achieve that, not even Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi.
In fact, the striker has scored more goals in the Champions League in 2019-20 than the entire Barcelona team, and is the first player in Dortmund’s history to score in his first Bundesliga match, first match in the German Cup and in his first match in the Champions League.
But Haaland, who is now the competition’s top scorer this season along with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, is not getting carried away.
“I am glad about the man-of-the-match award, but feel like I still can do a lot better,” he said. “I have to play better at this level, have to work hard to improve.
“The result is quite a dangerous one, as PSG has a very strong team and can still go through in the return leg.”
Since joining Dortmund in January, his 11 goals have come in only 450 minutes of football – averaging a goal every 41 minutes.
Only 11 players have scored more Bundesliga goals than Haaland this season, even though he has made only five appearances.
He won the Bundesliga player of the month award for January – despite playing less than an hour of football in the month.