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Rarely has a 20-year-old been as in demand as Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, with just about every super club on the continent tracking his progress while deliberating when to make a move.
The attention is warranted however, as Haaland has already established himself as one of the most lethal strikers in Europe, seemingly setting new records every week for the German outfit this season.
Haaland has even written his name alongside the likes of Brazilian phenomenon Ronaldo, after the Norwegian international's brace on the last day of the season saw him become the first player under the age of 21 since Ronaldo’s 1996/97 season to reach the remarkable 40-goal mark in one campaign within Europe’s top five leagues.
In that late nineties campaign, Ronaldo won the FIFA World Player of the Year after notching 34 goals in 37 La Liga games for Barcelona, forming an overall total of 47 strikes in 49 matches.
While Haaland didn't bag quite as many, (just the 41 goals in 41 appearances) he did finish in the top three most clinical forwards in the Bundesliga, scoring 27 league goals, finishing behind only Andre Silva who boasted one more, and Robert Lewandowski on 41.
The remarkable goal-scoring exploits of Haaland mean he joins an exclusive list boasting some of the biggest names in football history as one of the only players to record more than 40 goals in a single season.
Others include fellow Bundesliga star Robert Lewandowski who has now done it twice, in 2015/16 and again this campaign, as well as Lionel Messi (2009/10), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007/08) and Kylian Mbappe (2020/21).
Though Dortmund were knocked out of the Champions League final at the quarter final stage by finalists Manchester City, Haaland proved he is just as potent against opposition from other leagues as he finished the tournament as the top scorer with ten.
- Erling Haaland
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Lionel Messi
- Borussia Dortmund FC
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