At 19 years of age, Erling Haaland is the new sensation of European football and his numbers don’t stop impressing. The former Salzburg attacker brought his goalscoring vein to Dortmund and he seems like he isn’t being affected by the weight of the responsibility playing for his new club.
Haaland came to rescue against PSG
As it was expected, we’ve witnessed an exciting match on Tuesday with PSG visiting the Signal Iduna Park to face Borussia Dortmund.
On a very close match where the goals didn’t appear early, it ended up being the young Norwegian to open the scoreline already during the 2nd half. However, the club from Paris reacted well and they would eventually tie the match right after.
That forced the home side to try and score again and the sensational Haaland would score again, with an authentic missile from the edge of the box straight into the net of the French side.
Borussia Dortmund won by 2-1 and they’re ahead on a tie that should be decided on the details in the 2nd leg that will be played in Paris within two weeks.
10 goals on his debut season in the Champions League!
This is probably an unprecedented achievement in the history of the competition. Erling Haaland already has 10 goals scored on the current edition of the Champions League and only the Pole Robert Lewandowski (also with 10) has been able to keep up with the young Norwegian.
Haaland strongly contributed towards RB Salzburg’s campaign in the group stage that, however, wouldn’t be enough for them to advance onto the 8th finals, with the Austrian club having dropped to the Europa League.
In any case, his 8 goals scored in only 6 matches made him stand out to the point that Borussia Dortmund didn’t hesitate to pay for his services the measly amount of 20 million Euros.
Com dois gols de Haaland, o Borussia Dortmund venceu o PSG no jogo de ida das oitavas de final da Champions League.
— PressFut (de 🏡) (@pressfutbr) February 18, 2020
On a season where we’ve already seen João Félix be bought for the exorbitant amount of 126 million Euros, the price that Dortmund paid to the Austrians seems to be a true “bargain” for the Germans that have hired one of the new stars of world football for a very low value.
And his performance since he arrived at the club has been truly exceptional, with 9 goals scored in only 6 domestic matches and now 2 more on his Champions League’s debut for Borussia.
The German side continues to be a clear “outsider” in the Champions League, presenting odds of 20.00 on Bet365 and the 2nd leg encounter in Paris promises to be truly difficult, but with such a goal scorer on their squad at the moment, they are capable of at least knocking out one of the title contenders.
Admiration for Cristiano Ronaldo
The young Norwegian player seems to have in Cristiano Ronaldo his main role model as a player and in fact, some of his characteristics seem to have been extracted from the Portuguese.
Haaland scored 2 goals against PSG, that’s certain, but one of the highlights of the encounter was his incredible sprint from box to box where he has apparently run 60 meters in 6.64 seconds.
Just like Ronaldo, the young Haaland has advantageous physical characteristics to do sublime things and if he follows the footsteps of his idol, he can very well have a continuous development over the course of his career to become an exceptional footballer within a few years.
Dortmund’s attack recently gave an interview where he stated that he would love to meet him (CR7) and tell him that he only became a footballer because of him. “He was always a role model for me”.
— Fator Futebol (de 🏠) (@fator_futebol) February 19, 2020
Well, considering what he has been doing on his debut season at the highest level in Europe, I believe that his idol should be proud of him, because Haaland has been putting up unbelievable numbers.
39 goals and 8 assists in 29 matches are numbers on the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and the young Norwegian is only 19 years old, which means he might become one of the new contenders to the individual awards that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been sharing throughout the last decade.
Yes, it is probably still early to say if this is just an exceptional season for the player or if this will be his usual standards, but, for now, he has been dazzling the footballing world and is clearly amongst the most promising players on the planet.