Erling Haaland becomes the fastest player to 30 goals in the Champions League

His five goals also brought a fifth hat-trick of his debut season in England and here, the PA news agency analyzes the significance of his performance.

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Haaland’s loot gave him 33 goals in 25 games in the competition, still at 22 years old.

He started the evening level with Ryan Giggs and Edin Dzeko on 28, the joint 28th in the Champions League era, and beat David Trezeguet, Patrick Kluivert, Roy Makaay, Kaka, Wayne Rooney, Antoine Griezmann, Samuel Eto’ or and Arjen Robben, moving. tied with Fernando Morientes for 19th place.

Edinson Cavani is next in his sights at 35, with young phenom Kylian Mbappe at 40 and Sergio Aguero at 41, including a club record 36 for City.

Remarkably, it is only his second hat-trick in the competition, the first for RB Salzburg against Genk in 2019, although he has scored twice in one game on 10 other occasions.

He is only the third player to score five in a single Champions League game, after Lionel Messi for Barcelona against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012 and Luiz Adriano for Shakhtar Donetsk against BATE Borisov two years later.

Haaland also became the most prolific scorer in a single season for City, surpassing the previous record of 38 in all competitions set by Tommy Johnson in 1928-29.

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Erling Haaland celebrates his fifth goal against Leipzig
Erling Haaland celebrates his fifth goal against Leipzig (Nick Potts/PA)

Haaland is the first Premier League player to score five hat-tricks in a season in all competitions since Harry Kane in 2016-17.

West Brom, Fulham -in the FA Cup- Stoke, Leicester and Hull were Kane’s victims, scoring four goals in a 6-1 win over the Foxes.

Haaland was better with his five against Leipzig to hit four three-pointers in his first 13 Premier League games.

Manchester City 4 Crystal Palace 2, August 27

Erling Haaland, centre, completes his hat-trick against Crystal Palace
Erling Haaland completes his hat-trick against Crystal Palace (Nick Potts/PA)

Trailing 2-0 at half time thanks to a John Stones own goal and a Joachim Andersen header, City pulled one back through Bernardo Silva before Haaland took center stage with three goals in 20 minutes.

Manchester City 6 Nottingham Forest 0, August 31

Just four days later, he put Forest on the sword with a perfect hat-trick, leading them to a record nine goals in their first five Premier League games.

Manchester City 6 Manchester United 3, October 2

Erling Haaland celebrates his first goal against Manchester United
Haaland and Phil Foden, right, shared the derby day celebrations (Martin Rickett/PA)

Haaland and Phil Foden scored hat tricks and City enjoyed a derby success that was even more one-sided than the final scoreline seemed, after Anthony Martial’s late brace for United. It was Haaland’s third hat trick in consecutive Premier League home games, interrupted by the international break.

Manchester City 3 Wolves 0, January 22

Three in 14 minutes either side of halftime lifted Haaland past the 30-goal mark for the season in all competitions and 25 in the league.

Manchester City 7 RB Leipzig 0, March 14

Haaland had registered his second perfect hat-trick of the season at half time and finished with five in a 35-minute period before being substituted with the evening’s job well done.


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