Erling Haaland: Man City star has more CL goals than 13 world-class strikers

Erling Braut Haaland is a goalscoring machine.

The 22-year-old touched down on English shores in the summer with a glowing reputation after his exploits at both Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

Football fans expected him to score goals aplenty at Manchester City as a result, but no one envisioned him being quite this good.

In 12 games across all competitions under Pep Guardiola’s rule, Haaland has rippled the back of the net an astonishing 19 times.

The Norwegian superstar followed up his hat-trick against Manchester United last weekend with yet another brace in the Champions League against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday evening.

Haaland’s clinical 45-minute cameo at the Etihad has taken him to 28 goals overall in Europe’s top-tier competition from just 22 appearances.

The numbers are ridiculous, aren’t they?

Erling Haaland interacts with Cole Palmer
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 05: Erling Haaland of Manchester City interacts with Cole Palmer of Manchester City after the UEFA Champions League group G match between Manchester City and FC Copenhagen at Etihad Stadium on October 05, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Haaland is now ahead of some modern day legends

Haaland now sits 29th in the Champions League’s all-time scoring charts and he’s the only player in the top 30 who’s averaging over a goal per game.

What is more, the cyborg-like striker is already ahead of a plethora of modern day greats.

We’ve poured through the data and cherry-picked 13 world-class strikers – past and present – who now trail Haaland in terms of Champions League goals.

Let’s begin…

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13 world-class strikers who have fewer CL goals than Haaland

13. Francesco Totti (AS Roma) – 17 goals

12. Paulo Dybala (Juventus) – 18 goals

11. Andy Cole (Manchester United) – 18 goals

10. Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 20 goals

9. Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea) – 20 goals

8. Marco Simone (AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, AS Monaco) – 23 goals

7. Gonzalo Higuain (Real Madrid, Napoli, Juventus) – 24 goals

6. Giovane Elber (Bayern Munich, Lyon) – 24 goals

5. Hernan Crespo (Parma, Lazio, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Chelsea) – 25 goals

4. Robin van Persie (Arsenal, Manchester United) – 25 goals

3. Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich, VfB Stuttgart) – 26 goals

2. Edin Dzeko (Wolfsburg, Manchester City, AS Roma, Inter Milan) – 26 goals

  1. Luis Suarez (Ajax, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid) – 27 goals
Luis Suarez in action with Barcelona
BARCELONA, SPAIN – OCTOBER 24: Luis Suarez of FC Barcelona looks on during the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Barcelona and FC Internazionale at Camp Nou on October 24, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Yeah, Haaland is just plain ridiculous and he’ll have aspirations of surpassing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s Champions League records before the end of his career.

Who could Haaland surpass in 2022/23?

If City go all the way to the final of the 2022/23 Champions League, Haaland could leapfrog a number of other iconic strikers.

An additional 10 more goals to his total – which certainly isn’t outside the realms of possibility – would see him move above Roy Makaay, David Trezeguet, Patrick Kluivert, Wayne Rooney, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Morientes.

Over to you, Erling…

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