Erling Haaland appears to be a Ballon d’Or winner in the making.
The 19-year-old has already scored 41 goals in 35 appearances this season for Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.
With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo entering their thirties and edging closer to retiring from the sport they’ve dominated for more than a decade, the door opens for the likes of Haaland to pick up the mantle.
It seems there’s nothing in the Norwegian’s way to stop him from achieving greatness.
He’s got pace, strength and an incredible physique. He’s also got the technical ability.
But Haaland has made a name for himself with his goalscoring record.
As per AS, in the 106 games he’s played Haaland has bagged 62 goals giving him an average goals-per-game ratio of 0.58.
At the same age, Messi had scored 20 goals in 63 appearances at an average goals-per-game ratio of 0.31.
While Ronaldo had only scored 12 goals in 87 matches – an average goals-per-game ratio of 0.13.
So, it’s taken Haaland 106 games to reach 62 goals.
It took Messi 132 games to reach that tally and Ronaldo a massive 233 matches.
Of course, Haaland scored 20 of his goals in Norway and a further 29 in Austria, while Messi and Ronaldo were competing in the toughest leagues in Europe.
But 10 goals in eight Champions League appearances this season – as well as 10 in 10 for Dortmund – suggests Haaland is more than capable of scoring at the very highest level.
The Dortmund wonderkid has a fantastic opportunity to show he’s a man for the big occasions when his side take on Bayern Munich on Tuesday evening.
Dortmund currently trail Bayern by four points in the table and a win would see the Bundesliga title race blown wide open.
You certainly wouldn’t bet against Haaland having a big say on Der Klassiker.
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