Haaland once showed killer instinct by smashing home nine goals in one game

The footballing world before Erling Haaland seems a long time ago now – but it was just three years ago when the Norwegian was relatively unknown.

And the future Manchester City star announced himself in a big way during a FIFA Under 20 World Cup fixture. Haaland was part of Norway's side for the tournament, and they were drawn into a group with New Zealand, Honduras, and Uruguay.

Norway lost their opening two games, and were out of the competition when Haaland & Co took on Honduras on the final matchday. Haaland, who had yet to score all tournament, bagged nine goals en route to the Golden Boot.

Haaland bagged his first of the evening in the seventh minute, and by the time the game ticked over into the 90th he had eight more – and Norway had 12.

Incredibly, after the game Haaland didn't talk about his nine goals, instead, he could only focus on the chance to grab a tenth. He said: "It annoys me a little bit that I didn't score with my last kick of the game.

"I'll have to sit down and think a little bit about it and maybe I'll work out what happened."

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Those nine goals were Haaland's only of the tournament, with Norway making a swift exit after the Honduras game.

However, it was enough to bag him the golden boot, with four players all tied on four finishing in second. One of those was Hansa Rostock's Danylo Sikan, who fired Ukraine to the U20s World Cup win.

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