Dortmund striker Haaland’s newest Bundesliga targets report caps off unbelievable first yr

Dortmund striker Haaland’s newest Bundesliga targets report caps off unbelievable first yr

It is virtually precisely a yr since Erling Haaland made his debut for Borussia Dortmund, and over the course of that wild 12 months he has greater than delivered on his promise as one in every of Europe’s prime younger abilities.

And the 20-year-old laid down one other huge marker in Saturday’s win at Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig when he broke a report previously held by Uwe Seeler, one of the famed strikers within the historical past of German football.

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Together with his brace in Dortmund’s 3-1 victory (stream the replay on Football4cast+ within the U.S.), Haaland set a brand new Bundesliga report by scoring an exceptional 25 targets in his first 25 league video games within the German prime flight.

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Hamburg legend Seeler’s long-standing report of 23 targets in the identical variety of video games dates again to the Bundesliga’s inaugural 1963-64 season. Marek Mintal is third on the all-time record, having scored 21 targets in his first 25 Bundesliga video games for Nurnberg again in 2005. Roy Maakay is fourth (20 targets in 25 video games) whereas Paco Alcacer, a predecessor of Haaland’s at Dortmund, is eighth after roaring out of the blocks with 18 goals in his first 25 league games upon joining the club in 2018-19.

Haaland’s record-breaking 25 goals for Dortmund have come from just 73 shots, giving him a scarcely believable conversion rate of 34.24%. He’s also averaging a league goal once every 75 minutes, which is a better ratio than any other player in Bundesliga history to have scored 10 goals or more.

To brand Haaland a bargain buy is underselling his value-for-money return by several orders of magnitude. In all competitions thus far, the 20-year-old striker has pitched in with 35 goals in 34 competitive games since Dortmund signed the Manchester United target from FC Salzburg in January 2020 for an initial fee of just €20 million.

It didn’t take him long to get up and running either — roughly 180 seconds, in fact — after coming off the bench in the 56th minute to make his debut against Augsburg on Jan. 18 last year, and before the final whistle he had scored three goals in the dramatic 5-3 comeback win (although, as far as Germans were concerned, it wasn’t technically a hat trick).

Those strikes sparked a run of five goals in his first two games and then seven in his first three (both feats setting Bundesliga records).

Since then, Haaland has become the first-ever Dortmund player to score on his debuts in the Bundesliga, the German Cup, the Champions League and the German Super Cup.

The Leeds-born Norway international also broke new ground this season when he became the youngest Bundesliga player ever to score four goals in a single game. At the tender age of 20 year and 123 days, and on the day he won the Golden Boy award as Europe’s best young player, Haaland shovelled four goals past Hertha Berlin in November.

Haaland is, unsurprisingly, also the youngest player to score a Bundesliga hat trick, usurping the record Walter Bechtold had held since 1965 when he scored three goals for Eintracht Frankfurt as a teenager. U.S. teenager Matthew Hoppe leapt straight into third place on the list following his three-goal haul on Saturday, which ended Schalke’s 30-match winless run with a 4-0 victory over Hoffenheim.

The Dortmund poacher has scored at least twice in eight of his 25 appearances in the German top flight to date — three braces, one hat trick, and one four-goal extravaganza.

Such is his type, Haaland entered the Champions League scene with gusto, marking his first competitors look with a hat trick in Salzburg’s 6-2 drubbing of Genk. Amazingly, it was already the then-19-year-old striker’s fourth hat trick of the season.

It was no fluke both, as Haaland has maintained his formidable continental kind since shifting to Dortmund, the place he turned the quickest participant ever to achieve the 10-goal mark in Champions League historical past, taking simply seven appearances to take action (4 fewer than anyone else).

That milestone got here in February 2020, when the Dortmund star scored each targets in his facet’s 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain within the first leg of the Champions League spherical of 16.

Haaland known as his second purpose of the night (an unstoppable left-footed missile from outside the area) the “finest purpose he is ever scored” and it is not arduous to see why.

The Dortmund ahead was so awestruck by his personal handiwork that he reached a state of zen and selected to have a good time with a fast little bit of cross-legged meditation on the Sign Iduna Park pitch.

Sadly, Haaland’s serene pose soon came back to haunt him as PSG fought again to win the second leg 2-Zero and advance to the quarterfinals.

Given his mercurial calendar yr with Dortmund, his first in one in every of Europe’s huge 5 leagues, it ought to come as no shock to be taught that Haaland is now one in every of world football’s most dear gamers.

In line with CIES Football Observatoy’s newest transfer worth record, Haaland has loved a much bigger surge in his estimated market worth than some other participant throughout Europe’s prime divisions after leaping 13 rungs up the ladder within the final six months.

Whereas Marcus Rashford might prime the record with an estimated transfer worth of €165m ($204m), Haaland is tucked in simply behind the Manchester United man in second place after seeing his worth swell from €107.3m as much as €152m since final June, thus catapulting him all the best way up from 15th place.

The way in which issues are going for Haaland proper now, it is arduous to see his inventory doing something however rise larger in 2021.

Football4cast’s Germany correspondent Stephan Uersfeld contributed to this report

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