Erling Haaland is a machine, and one that shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
The Norwegian has been a superstar for as long as he has been in the public eye, and he’s never better than when playing in a European competition. Wednesday night he again marked as Borussia Dortmund won 2-1 at Besiktas, scoring the second after Jude bellingham had opened the scoring.
Since joining the German side, Haaland only got stronger, and he had already watched a force during his time with the two Red Bull Salzburg and Molde.
More goals than matches
Haaland has scored one goal in a single Champions League appearance this season, he scored 10 in eight last season and two in two after his winter transfer to Dortmund in 2019/20. In the group stage of the same season, he scored eight goals in six games while Salzburg were in the same group as the two. Naples and Liverpool.
In total, he has played 17 times in the Champions League and scored 21 breathtaking goals. His record in Europe as a whole is equally impressive, with a total of 25 goals in 23 matches once the Europa League and Europa League qualifiers are factored in.
To compare, Luis Suarez scored 26 goals in 67 Champions League appearances. Hernan Crespo scored 25 out of 65, Wayne rooney got 30 in 85 and Samuel Eto’o scored 30 in 78 outings. Antoine Griezmann’s 25 came in 71 appearances, and Kylian Mbappé has an impressive 27 out of 46.
Haalandthe record of is appallingly prolific, and its rating rate – albeit in a smaller sample – is only comparable with people like Cristiano Ronaldo (135 goals in 177 games, 076 goals per game), Lionel messi (120 out of 150, 0.8), Robert lewandowski (75 out of 97, 0.77) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (56 of 73, 0.77).
As top European clubs sniff ahead of a likely move next summer, whoever signs Haaland obtains a guarantee of goals on the European stage.