Erling Haaland's records - and the ones he could break at Man City

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland has scored a goal every 50 minutes for City

Erling Haaland continued his record-breaking form for Manchester City with a double in their 5-0 Champions League win over Copenhagen.

Haaland seemingly breaks records every time he steps on the pitch for City, with 19 goals in his first 12 games.

He has been directly involved in 41 goals in his last 23 appearances in home games for Borussia Dortmund and City (35 goals, six assists).

Next up is Saturday's home game against Southampton in the Premier League.

So what landmarks has the Norwegian 22-year-old, who is at his fifth club, already achieved and what else is possible this season? BBC Sport takes a look.

What records has he already broken this season?

Most goals in first 30 Champions League appearances

Haaland has already demolished pacesetting records in the Champions League and Premier League this season.

His double in 45 minutes against Copenhagen took him onto 28 Champions League goals in 22 games.

Not only is that the record for goals in a player's first 22 games, it is the landmark for a player's first 30 Champions League games - beating Ruud van Nistelrooy's mark with eight games to add to it.

The old record for goals in a player's first 22 Champions League games was Harry Kane's 18.

He also broke a few records on his Champions League debut at Sevilla, with a double in a 4-0 win, and more with the late winner against his old side Dortmund.

Haaland became the first player to score multiple times on his Champions League debut for three different clubs - after a hat-trick for Salzburg against Genk and two goals for Dortmund against Paris St-Germain.

That took him to 25 Champions League goals in just 20 games - smashing the old record of Van Nistelrooy and Roberto Soldado, who scored 16 in their first 20 games.

He is the youngest player to score 25 goals in the competition, beating the record of Kylian Mbappe, who in turn took the landmark off Lionel Messi.

Haaland also has the record for fewest Champions League games needed to score 10, 15 and 20 goals. Nobody else has scored multiple goals in four successive appearances in the competition.

He is also the first City player to score on both his Premier League debut and Champions League debut for the club.

Most goals scored in first 10 Premier League games

Haaland has scored 14 goals in his first eight Premier League appearances, taking the old record of Micky Quinn (10) in 1992.

He has already smashed the record held jointly by Quinn, Papiss Cisse and Diego Costa of 11 goals in their first 10 Premier League games - with two games to spare.

His 11 goals in his first seven games were a record, as were his nine goals in his first five games. Those nine goals made him the top scorer in August of any Premier League season.

Haaland is the first player to score a hat-trick in three consecutive home games in the Premier League - against Crystal Palace, Nottingham Forest and United.

He is the first player to score in his first four away games in the Premier League.

Haaland's previous goalscoring records

He had an even better start to his time in Germany. Haaland is the only player to score on his Dortmund debuts in the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League (as well as scoring in the German Super Cup).

He was the first player to hit a hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut as a substitute (coming on after 56 minutes at Augsburg).

He holds the record for most goals in his first two, three, five and six Bundesliga games games (five, seven, eight and nine goals respectively).

He took 50 games to score his first 50 Bundesliga goals, also a record - and, at 21, was the youngest player to score so many.

Haaland is the youngest player to score four times in a Bundesliga game (20 years and 123 days, against Hertha Berlin).

He barely stuck round long enough at his first three clubs to set many records - barring several Champions League landmarks with Salzburg.

He left Bryne at the age of 16 after no goals in 16 games. At Molde he netted 20 goals in 50 matches and at Salzburg he scored 29 goals - including five hat-tricks - in just 27 games.

International record? Yes, he has one of them too. His nine goals in one game against Honduras in 2019 remains a record for a Fifa Under-20 World Cup match.

He has netted 21 goals in 23 games for Norway's senior team.

What records can he break?

Premier League and English top flight goals for a season...

Man City's Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland's 17 goals for City is 14 more than his father Alf-Inge Haaland scored for the club between 2000 and 2003

Haaland could smash the record for goals in a Premier League season if he carries on like this.

The record is 34 - by Andy Cole in 1993-94 and Alan Shearer the following season. But that was when there were 42 league games.

Haaland 'only' needs 21 goals in his next 30 games to beat that.

The record for a 38-game Premier League season is Mohamed Salah's 32 in 2017-18.

Nobody has won the Premier League Golden Boot with a record of a goal a game or better. Harry Kane was closest with 29 goals in 30 games in 2016-17.

Haaland's current rate of scoring would see him end on 66 league goals.

He will need to keep scoring at roughly this rate if he wants to become the top scorer in a season in English top-flight history.

Dixie Dean netted 60 goals in 39 First Division games for Everton in 1927-28. Tom Waring is second with 49 goals for Aston Villa in the top flight in 1930-31.

He might also find it tough to match the record for the top-five European leagues under their current guise - Lionel Messi's sensational 50 goals in the 2011-12 La Liga.

Most goals by a City player in a season...

Haaland is already 45% of the way to this one.

Tommy Johnson's 38 goals in 1928-29 remains the City record for a player in one season in all competitions.

The Champions League record in a season...

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland scored twice on his Champions League debut for Manchester City against Sevilla

The record for Champions League goals in a season might be tougher to come by - with Cristiano Ronaldo netting a remarkable 17 goals in 11 games in 2013-14.

However on current form (five goals in three Champions League games) Haaland would break that if City reach the semi-finals and he plays every game.

Some other records...

The most goals scored by a player in a calendar month was Luis Suarez's 10 in December 2013. Haaland was only one goal off that mark in August but he has a good few months to try to beat that.

The most goals scored in the first 20 Premier League games by a player is Kevin Phillips' 19 and in 30 games it is Cole's 28.

Cole has the record of fewest games needed to score 30 Premier League goals (32) and it might be ambitious to think of it this season but Shearer and Cole took 45 games to score 40 goals.

Jamie Vardy has the record for scoring in most consecutive Premier League games with 11. Haaland is on six.

Shearer netted a record five hat-tricks in 1995-96. Haaland already has three.

The most goals in a Premier League game is five, shared by several players including City legend Sergio Aguero against Newcastle in 2015-16.

In the Champions League Van Nistelrooy has the record for fewest appearances to 30 goals (34) and 35 goals (42). If Haaland scores another seven goals he would break or equal those marks too.

Haaland could also close in on the Norway goalscoring record this season. He is only 12 goals off Jorgen Juve's national record of 33 goals in the 1920s and 30s.

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