As Manchester City striker Erling Haaland scored a ridiculous 5 goals against RB Leipzig in the Champions League, many have wondered which records he set on a historic night for the 22-year-old.
It seems as if Marco Rose was indeed proven right in being seemingly confused around the constant criticism surrounding Haaland, who has undeniably been the best striker in Europe this season.
Which records did Erling Haaland set vs RB Leipzig?
For starters, one of the many records Erling Haaland shattered against RB Leipzig was to become the youngest player in Champions League history to reach 30 goals at 22 years and 236 days.
The previous record holder was none other that Paris Saint-Germain phenomenon, Kylian Mbappe, who set the record at 22 years and 352 days.
Speaking of Europe’s elite competition, another one of the records set by Haaland against Leipzig was becoming the fastest player to score 30 goals as well, doing so in 25 matches. Dutch legend Ruud van Nistelrooy did the same previously but in 30 games.
The Norwegian international also became only the third player in the competition’s history to score 5 goals in a single game, joining Luiz Adriano and Lionel Messi.
And finally, Erling Haaland also broke one of the greatest records a Manchester City player could possibly demolish, becoming the club’s highest-ever scorer in a single season in his masterclass against RB Leipzig.
Reaching 39 goals in his debut campaign for the Sky Blues, the previous record-holder was Tommy Johnson, who bagged 38 in the 1928/1929 season. Furthermore, no player in a single campaign has scored 10 goals for City apart from the ex-Borussia Dortmund forward.
Come at the king, you best not miss
Since joining Pep Guardiola’s side, a classic case of why correlation does not mean causation has been on display, as many have linked the side’s decline to his addition.
However, the reality has always been that while Haaland has been virtually perfect for the Premier League champions, his teammates simply have not due to a variety of factors.
As Erling Haaland set and broke records against RB Leipzig in a Manchester City shirt, he made a mockery of all the critics and that too, in emphatic fashion under the Champions League’s signature bright lights.