15 times Erling Haaland shocked the football world, is he the best?

15 times Erling Haaland shocked the football world, is he the best?

Helix Odhiambo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:12 PM

The Norwegian striker has attracted alot of attention since getting into the limelight during his time at Borussia Dortmund. Nicknamed the 'goal machine,' Erling Haaland has stunned the world with beautiful goals. This article explores the 15 times Erling Haaland shocked the football world with his skills.

10 things only Haaland did in football
Man City's Erling Haaland before scoring the second goal during their UEFA Champions League group G match against Borussia Dortmund at Etihad Stadium on 14 September 2022. Photo: Michael Regan
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Haaland joined Manchester City in June 2022 and has already bagged impressive goals for his new club. However, many football enthusiasts believe he will win the 2022-23 Premier League golden boot.

Why is Haaland so famous?

The tall striker was born on 21 July 2000 in Leeds, England. His father, Alfie Haaland, played football for Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Manchester City. Erling is known for athleticism, speed and finishing. He is considered one of the best strikers in the world now.

How many official goals does Erling Haaland have?

Erling has scored over 150 goals in his career. He began his career at Norwegian club Bryne FK before moving to Molde. He then joined Red Bull Salzburg in 2018 before signing for Borussia Dortmund in December 2019. After that, Man City landed the striker at Etihad for around $63 Million.

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15 times Erling Haaland shocked the world

Multiple times Erling Haaland showed who is the boss on the pitch by bagging crucial goals and assists. Enjoy some of those glorious moments.

15. Nine goals vs Honduras U-20, FIFA U-20 World Cup (30 May 2019)

The Norwegian striker announced himself to the footballing world with nine goals against Honduras in their FIFA Under 20 World Cup fixture in Poland. As a result, Norway humiliated their opponents 12-0, who ended the game with nine men.

14. 20-minute hat-trick vs Augsburg, Bundeliga (18 January 2020)

Haaland made his Borussia Dortmund debut with a second-half hat-trick as a substitute. Dortmund was 1-3 down at half-time before introducing Haaland, who bagged three goals in 20 minutes, helping Borussia win 5-3.

13. Winning the 2020 Golden Boy award

Erling beat off fierce competition from Alphonso Davies and Jadon Sancho to win the Golden Boy award in 2020. His 44 goals in the 2019/20 season helped him bag the award. Other previous winners are Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi.

12. Acrobatic volley vs Schalke 04, Bundesliga (20 February 2021)

Borussia Dortmund crushed Schalke 4-0 on 20 February 2021, but Haaland's goal stood out after the game. He scored a brace, including an acrobatic volley that shocked the spectators in the stadium.

11. Four goals vs Hertha Berlin, Bundesliga (21 November 2020)

The 2020 Golden winner humiliated Hertha Berlin in their territory with four goals in the second half as Dortmund won 2-5. He bagged a 15-minute hat-trick, ranking among the 10 things only Haaland did in football.

10. Injury-time winner vs Fortuna Dusseldorf, Bundesliga (13 June 2020)

The Norwegian came on as a substitute to rescue Dortmund with a last-minute goal. Erling powered home a header from Manuel Akanji's cross in the 95th minute to secure Borussia's Champions League qualification with few games left.

9. Winning his first title with Borussia Dortmund

The tall striker netted two goals, including a brilliant one against RB Leipzig in their 4-1 victory to lift the 2021 Pokal Cup. Haaland bullied Dayot Upamecano and calmly placed the ball in the back of the net to score the second goal. Jordan Sancho scored the other two to complete the deserved victory.

8. First international hat-trick at 20

The former Dortmund star proved his doubters wrong by scoring goals on international duty. Erling bagged his first hat-trick for Norway in a 5-1 win over Gibraltar in a World Cup Qualifier on 7 September 2021.

7. Bundesliga Player of the Season

Haaland shocked the world by defeating Robert Lewandowski to win the 2020-21 Bundesliga Player of the Season award. Lewandowski bagged 41 goals in 29 matches and won the league with Bayern Munich. However, the Norwegian only managed 27 goals in 28 games but received 50% of the votes.

6. Dominance vs Sevilla, Champions League last-16 (2020-21 season)

Erling singlehandedly eliminated Sevilla in the 2020-21 Champions League after scoring four goals and providing an assist across both legs. He began with two goals and an assist in the first leg as Dortmund won 2-3 away from home. The return leg ended 2-2 with Haaland again netting twice and taking his team to the quarters.

5. Breaking Sergio Aguero's Premier League record

How many official goals does Erling Haaland have?
Haaland (C) celebrates after scoring Man City's second goal during their Premier League match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux on 17 September 2022. Photo: Lynne Cameron
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The Norwegian has already begun breaking records in the Premier League with just a few games in the season. The striker has scored nine goals in his first five games in the EPL, surpassing the previous record of eight goals, held by Sergio Aguero and Micky Quinn.

4. Fastest double treble in Premier League

It only took Haaland five games to score two hat-tricks in England's top flight. The previous record was held by Demba Ba, who needed 21 games. Fernando Torres and former Leeds United player Tony Yeboah both required 25 games.

3. Brace vs Sevilla, Champions League (6 September 2022)

Erling produced another masterclass in the Champions League by bagging two goals in Man City's 4-0 win over Sevilla. He opened the scores with a flying finish in the 20th minute and added another in the 67th minute. It is one of the many times Erling Haaland surprised the football world's best players and coaches.

2. Hat-trick vs Crystal Palace, Premier League (27 August 2022)

Man City was 2-0 down against Palace at half-time, but Erling's second-half hat-trick turned things around to their favour. The summer signing received massive praise for his performance, including from his manager, Pep Guardiola.

"What [Erling Haaland] has done today he has done all his career. It is nothing special. We have not done anything special for him that he did not do before. It is important for him to get goals. He has the sense to score goals." Said, Pep Guardiola.

1. Acrobatic winner vs B. Dortmund, Champions League (14 September 2022)

The striker haunted his former club by scoring a beautiful acrobatic goal to earn City a 2-1 win in their Champions League group fixture. It is one of the best times Erling Haaland impressed the world on English soil.

After looking at the number of times Erling Haaland shocked the football world, you will agree that he is a player destined for greatness. He is one of the youngsters expected to lead the next generation of footballers in the post-Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo era.

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Helix Odhiambo is an award-winning Kenyan journalist and content creator with over 6 years of experience. In 2016, he won the Goal Blaze Correspondent Award for young writers.