Erling Haaland continues to waltz through the Premier League record books. With his treble on Sunday, he not only outshone Cristiano Ronaldo.
When Erling Haaland recently went scoreless in two Premier League games in a row for the first time, he met the English media landscape for the first time, which already thought he was “out of step”. Manchester City’s attacker promptly scored again in a 4-2 win over Tottenham, then followed it up with an even more typical display against Wolverhampton on Sunday: 16 touches, three goals, 3-0 win.
“When he scores, he is the solution for our team, when he doesn’t, he is their problem,” coach Pep Guardiola criticised public perception afterwards. His approach is simple: “He must be served as many balls as possible.” What is then possible is shown by a look at the data in Premier League history.
Haaland has scored 25 times after 19 games. That has never happened before in the league, which was founded in 1992. If he did not strike again in the remaining 18 matchdays, he would still have a good chance of becoming the top scorer. Harry Kane (Tottenham) is second with ten goals less.
Haaland has scored more times than the top scorers of the last four seasons. What’s more, 25 goals would have been enough to win the trophy in more than half of all Premier League seasons, according to the BBC.
Haaland has scored more times than Chelsea FC. As many as nine Premier League clubs currently have fewer goals in the season than Haaland alone. Among them is Chelsea FC (22), who are currently flooding the winter transfer market with money.
Haaland already has more trebles than Cristiano Ronaldo. On Saturday, the Norwegian already scored his fourth, CR7 came in his two Manchester United phases on a total of three. Even record holder Sergio Aguero (twelve trebles) is no longer infinitely far away – and he played 275 Premier League games, all for ManCity.
Haaland needed only 19 games for four three-pointers – the previous record holder had 65. Man United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy was the fastest to reach this mark, followed by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) with 81. One first round was enough for Haaland. But: The season record is still held, at least for the time being, by Alan Shearer, who scored five trebles in 1995/96.