Erling Braut Haaland’s rise from the ‘Manchild’ who made his senior debut at just 15 years old to world-beater at Borussia Dortmund has been genuinely remarkable. Via goal-filled stints under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Molde and Jesse Marsch at Red Bull Salzburg, Haaland, the 6ft 4ins striker who idolised Zlatan Ibrahimovic growing up, became one of the best strikers in world football while still in his teenage years. Aged just 20 in March 2020, Haaland broke the record for the fewest games needed to score 20 Champions League goals, reaching that milestone in just 14 appearances. With the vast majority of his career ahead of him, this ridiculously talented youngster is sure to achieve a whole lot more.
“It was just a matter of time before he scored more goals than me in the Champions League,” said Solskjaer who, with 19 goals, had previously been the competition’s top-scoring Norwegian. “At the age of 20, to achieve the amount of goals he has is fantastic. There’s not many more superlatives anyone can use.”