David Adán


His scoring figures are better than Cristiano Ronaldo's at his age


Erling Haaland’s from another planet. He’s an utter goal machine, and is beating Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s scoring figures at his age.

In just 11 games for Manchester City, the Norway striker has scored 17 goals. We’re still only in mid-September…

In Sunday's Manchester derby, he racked up three goals and two assists. He’s scored three home league hat-tricks in a row - an unprecedented feat.

The single-season goal record for a Premier League player is Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 44 in all competitions. Haaland is already nearly 40% there.

What’s most impressive is his performances in the Champions League. In just 21 games, he’s hit 26 goals. A record at his age.

After 20 games in the Champions League, Cristiano had zero goals; Messi, eight; Lewandowski, 11; Mbappé, 12; Ibra, six. Haaland had 25.

At 22, Haaland is just one goal away from equalling the career Champions League tally of Luis Suárez, one of the greatest centre-forwards of all time.

The striker never forgets his origins and is always very humble. The values instilled in him are clear to see, even as he sets about terrorising defences.

In his last 100 matches, Haaland has scored 103 times. He averages over a goal a game; not many can say that.

If Haaland keeps up his current goal return, he'll establish himself as one of the highest scorers in football history. Will he steer clear of injuries?