10 of the best football debuts ever following Erling Haaland's hat-trick for Dortmund


Erling Haaland enjoyed one of the best debuts in football history on Saturday afternoon.

The Norwegian forward started on the bench for Borussia Dortmund's trip to Augsburg.

With Dortmund 3-1 down in the 56th minute, Lucien Favre sent on the 19-year-old to try and salvage something from the game.

And it's fair to say Haaland made his mark.

He netted just three minutes into his debut, scored again in the 70th minute and then completed his hat-trick nine minutes later.

It took him just 23 minutes after coming on to bag his first three goals for the club.

Haaland isn't the only player who's had a near perfect debut. We've listed X players that also excelled on their first game for their club.


Wayne Rooney | MANCHESTER UNITED vs Fenerbahce | 2004

The most memorable debut in recent times.

Just a few weeks after signing for Man United, the 18-year-old tore apart Fenerbahce in the Champions League.

Rooney recorded an assist and netted a hat-trick as his side on 6-2. His third goal was the pick of the bunch as he curled home an exquisite free-kick.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic | LA GALAXY vs LAFC | 2018

Zlatan always seems to impress on his debut for a new club. He notched twice on his PSG debut, but his performance in his first LA Galaxy match tops the lot.

The Swedish striker was subbed on in the 71st minute with his side 3-1 down to their city rivals.

He helped set up a goal two minutes after coming on, before scoring an outrageous 40-yard effort to level the scores.

Zlatan then netted in stoppage time to complete his side's comeback.

Christian Vieri | INTER MILAN vs Verona | 1999

There was a lot of expectation for Vieri, who made a then world-record £32m move from Lazio to Inter Milan.

He kickstarted his career with his new club by netting a hat-trick in his first game. Not a bad way to introduce yourself.

Christian Vieri

Romario | BARCELONA vs Real Sociedad  | 1993

Romario made the move from PSV to Barcelona in 1999 and he managed to net a hat-trick in his debut against Real Sociedad.

He went on to score 30 goals in 33 La Liga games that term as Barcelona won the title on goal difference.

Romario At Barca

Federico Macheda | MANCHESTER UNITED vs Aston Villa | 2009

Manchester United were locked in a title battle with Liverpool during the 2008/09 season. 

With United 2-1 down against Aston Villa and needing inspiration from somewhere, Sir Alex Ferguson turned to 17-year-old Macheda.

And the Italian striker produced one of the most memorable moments in Premier League history when he brilliantly struck the winner in stoppage time.

Sergio Aguero | MANCHESTER CITY vs Swansea | 2011

Aguero was on the bench for his first Man City game against Swansea in 2011.

Sent on in the 59th minute, the Argentinian netted his first goal for his new club 10 minutes later.

He then assisted David Silva before capping off the scoring with a quite sensational strike in stoppage time.

Gianluigi Buffon | Parma vs AC Milan | 1995

One of the games all-time great goalkeepers had a Parma debut to remember against AC Milan.

At the age of just 17, Buffon made a number of tremendous saves as he kept a clean sheet.

Per The Sportster, Dino Zoff said of Buffon's performance: "I have never seen a debut like his for the personality and quality he showed.”

He made tremendous saves to deny George Weah and Roberto Baggio, which can be viewed below.

Zinedine Zidane | France vs Czech Republic | 1994

France were 2-0 down to Czech Republic at half-time when Zidane made his international bow.

With five minutes to go, he netted his first goal for his country in typical Zidane fashion.

The then 22-year-old beat one player with a step-over, waltzed past another, and then unleashed an unstoppable effort from 25 yards with his weak foot.

He scored the equaliser a few minutes later as he headed home from a corner. It was the start of what was an extraordinary international career.

Ronaldo | REAL MADRID vs Alaves | 2002

It took Ronaldo just 61 seconds after coming off the bench to score his first goal for Real Madrid.

He went on to net another and left the pitch to a standing ovation.

Ronaldo of Real Madrid

Alvaro Recoba | INTER MILAN vs Brescia | 1997

Ronaldo was also making his debut during Inter vs Brescia, meaning the spotlight wasn't really on Recoba.

But he stole the headlines after coming off the bench and scoring two incredible goals in the final 10 minutes.

His first was an incredible left-footed strike that arrowed into the top corner. He then single-handedly completed the turnaround by curling home a pin-point free-kick.

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