On Tuesday, March 15, Erling Haaland created history by being the third player to score five goals in a Champions League game, a feat only previously accomplished by Lionel Messi and not by Cristiano Ronaldo.
The remarkable performance by the Norwegian striker occurred during Manchester City’s 7-0 hammering of RB Leipzig in the second leg of their round-of-16 match. In the 22nd minute, Haaland scored his first goal from the penalty spot. He then scored four more goals in a quick 35-minute span. His closing down of Amadou Haidara’s goal-line clearance to score from close range on his third goal was particularly impressive.
With his outstanding effort at home on Tuesday, Haaland increased his season total across all competitions to 39. For a guy who is still so young and relatively inexperienced at the top level of European football, it’s an impressive accomplishment.
Despite his valour, Pep Guardiola of Manchester City replaced Haaland after barely 60 minutes. Haaland’s five goals will be remembered as one of the best individual displays in Champions League history.
That served as a reminder of the teenage striker’s talent and potency as well as a message to opposing teams that they must find a means to stop him if they hope to defeat Manchester City.