Erling Haaland Cannot Match Lionel Messi’s 2012 Goal Tally Even With Hat-tricks in All His Remaining Games This Year

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It is impossible for Erling Haaland to match the goal tally of Lionel Messi in 2012, even if he bags hat-tricks in all his remaining games this year.

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Lionel Messi scored a record 91 goals in 2011/12 football year

There is not doubt that Erling Haaland is a goal-machine. His speed, instinctive positioning and precision with the ball is making him one of the most prolific forwards.

Erling Haaland has turned into a Premier League wonder with his goal tally so far.

As it stands, it’s scary to think just how many goals he could score for Manchester City.

The defending Premier League champions dolled out £52m on the former Borussia Dortmund striker this summer and they are not regretting the deal.

Erling Haaland opened his Premier League debut scoring the two goals that saw Manchester City secure all three points against West Ham.

He scored again in a ridiculous 3-3 draw with Newcastle United to help City comeback from 3-1 down at St James’ Park

Haaland grabbed back-to-back hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest. He scored his tenth league goal of the season at Villa Park in a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa.

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He also bagged a hat-trick in 6-3 derby win over Manchester United at the Etihad.

The 22-year-old Norwegian youngster has now increased his Premier League tally to 20 goals with the brace in a 3-1 win over Brighton; the same amount of goals Harry Kane managed for the whole of last season.

Despite his tender age, Haaland has been prolific for both club and country, scoring in huge numbers.

His first goal against Brighton was from the penalty spot, and his second was a fantastic finish after Kevin De Bruyne found him behind Brighton’s defense.

Erling Haaland has redefined the possible and the impossible in football with his scary goal-scoring stats. Still, it is doubtful that he will hit Lionel Messi’s 91 goals tally the Argentine football icon recorded in the 2011/12 football season.

Messi has set the world record for the total amount of goals in a single calendar year, with a grand total of 91, beating the previous all-time best record set in 1972 by Germany and Bayern’s Gert Müller, who got 85. In the 2011/2012 season, the Argentinian got 79 goals for Barça and another 12 for his national team.

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Lionel Messi’s incredible 2011/12 goal tally

2011/12 football season was Lionel Messi’s golden year in his football career.

Messi, who was 24 years old then, was breaking all records and redefining the possible in the game.

The Argentine playmaker already had three Ballon d’Or to his trophy and was an unrivaled favorite to win for the fourth time.

Barcelona was on fire that season, but Lionel Messi’s individual brilliance made a huge difference.

The Catalans nevertheless lost La Liga to Real Madrid, who had 100 points against their 91 points – a record point for a runner-up in la Liga.

They also made it to the finals of the UEFA Champions League but lost it to Chelsea.

Messi incredibly reached the 70-goal milestone in style.

It was only two matches remaining when he hit 68 goals.

Against City rivals Espanyol, Messi hit the 70-goal milestone for Barcelona by completing a brace in the 68th minute.

He was not done as he scored another two goals after 15 minutes to reach a record 50 goals for the Catalan club.

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He defeated Portuguese and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who held the record for La Liga top-scorer in a season with 48 goals.

A breakdown of the 73 goals for Barcelona showed that he scored once each in 15 matches, bagged a brace in 12 games, and secured hat-tricks in 7 games.

Messi scored four goals in two matches that season and became the first player to score five goals in a Champions League game against Bayer Leverkusen. It was also the first time in his football career that he scored five goals in a single game.

A breakdown of his appearance for that year showed that Messi played a total of 69 games that year.

He broke La Liga and domestic league records with a record 73 goals that year and 12 goals for Argentina’s national team, adding up to a record 91 goals in a single football year.

Despite Erling Haaland’s scoring record, it is very unlikely that he will hit Messi’s 2011/12 tally.

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