As another game passes, another record falls to Erling Haaland. Fresh off becoming the qucikest player in Premier League history to score 50 goals City’s number 9 was at it again during their 3-2 win over RB Leipzig. Haaland’s opening goal set the tone for another wonderful Manchester City comeback. It also meant he became the quickest player in UEFA Champions League history to score 40 goals in the competition. It adds yet another record to Haaland’s haul during his time at Manchester City.
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The Norwegian striker hit the landmark in only 35 appearances in the Champions League. The previous record was held by Dutch striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy who took 45 games to reach 40 goals in the competition. PSG star Kylian Mbappe took 59 games to sit third fastest.
Haaland has scored 17 goals in the Champions League for Manchester City. He added 15 with Borussia Dortmund and another 8 during his time with RB Salzburg.
City manager Pep Guardiola was full of praise for his striker. He told the media post-game: “Again? I have to tell you again? A thousand million times, I’m really impressed. They won today. Another record. Congratulations. He’s a fantastic player. I tell you many times, we’re really, really pleased. We love him, not just for the goals he scores, but for many many other things.”
It has become almost a weekly occurrence to see Erling Haaland set a new goal-scoring record or eclipse a previous landmark. The Norwegian international has begun to redefine the standard of goal-scoring since arriving at the Etihad. He shows no signs of slowing down after scoring his 71st goal for Manchester City in his 73rd appearance for the club. He has already scored 19 goals in 20 appearances so far this season.