Erling Haaland becomes the youngest player to score 30 UCL goals

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    Manchester City poacher Erling Haaland has become the youngest player to score 30 UCL goals, smashing the record previously held by Kylian Mbappe.

    Erling Haaland scored five goals against RB Leipzig

    Haaland scored five goals on Wednesday night as Manchester City hammered German side RB Leipzig 7-0 at the Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. 

    The Norwegian forward helped Manchester City qualify to the quarter-final with Kevin De Bruyne and Iikay Gundogan being the other scorers on the night. 

    Erling Haaland
    Erling Haaland

    After a game in the group stage against Borussia Dortmund, the elated attacker of the Cityzens stated that “his dream is to touch the ball five times and score five goals. That’s my biggest dream”. 

    He wasn’t short of that anyway but he would look to another night to bring that dream to life.

    Erling Haaland signed for Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2022 and he has hit the ground running right from his first game for the side. 

    His move to England has seen him record the best numbers in Europe so far as he has scored 39 goals in 36 appearances for Manchester City. 

    Haaland, the son of Alfie Haaland who also played for Manchester City scored 86 goals in 89 games for Borussia Dortmund in all competitions. 

    He has continued in that amazing stead since signing for the team tutored by Pep Guardiola; breaking, chasing and setting records of his own.

    Pep Guardiola the only manager to have coached the two players who have scored five goals in a UCL knockout stage match!

    Pep Guardiola is the only manager to have coached the two players to ever score five goals in a UEFA Champions League knockout stage encounter. 

    Lionel Messi scored five goals for FC Barcelona as the Argentine put up a brilliant performance against Bayer Leverkusen in March 2012.

    Barcelona defeated the German side by 7-1 with Cristian Tello scoring the other two goals for the Catalan Giants, Karim Bellarabi scored the only goal in the game for Bayern Leverkusen to reduce the deficit. 

    Haaland did the same as he helped City to defeat RB Leipzig 7-0 in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday, March 14.

    Manchester City would be hoping to lay their hands on the UEFA Champions League trophy as they continue the journey towards getting to the final. 

    They were defeated by Chelsea in 2021 but they have gotten more firepower upfront to cause danger to the defence of several oppositions. 

    Pep Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in the tournament with 5 wins and 2 draws since the group stage, they have also conceded only three goals all through the tournament so far. 

    Erling Haaland scored the only goal from the penalty spot to hand Manchester City a slim victory against Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park on Saturday. 

    Haaland with the UEFA Champions League match ball
    Haaland with the UEFA Champions League match ball

    The father of Haaland, Alfie Haaland, played for Manchester City between 2000-2003 and had Erling whilst he was in England. 

    He scored 3 goals in 38 appearances for the Manchester City playing as a right back or a midfielder all through his career. 

    Alfie Haaland played for several clubs namely; Bryne FK, Nottingham Forest, Leeds United, Manchester City, Bryne FK 3 and Rosseland BK. 

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