Erling Haaland is set to become the focal point as the new Premier League season commences. Having already shattered a few records during his first year in England, all eyes are on the Norwegian striker for more historic achievements.
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In less than 12 hours, Erling Haaland will rejoin the English Premier League for his second season, leading Manchester City's lineup against Burnley in the season opener.
Despite a lackluster start last season when facing Liverpool in the same cup, Haaland defied expectations in his English debut year.
Erling Haaland of Manchester City and Norway acknowledging fans after a preseason game against Atletico Madrid on July 30. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun, source: Getty Images)
He silenced critics with a barrage of goals, setting a series of records along the way. Wrapping up the season with an impressive 52 goals across all competitions, his contribution was pivotal in securing Pep Guardiola's side the unprecedented treble.
Among the remarkable records he shattered was the highest number of goals scored in a single Premier League season. The Norwegian striker netted 36 times, surpassing the 34-goal records held by Alan Shearer and Andy Cole from the 1990s.
Expectations are high for the 23-year-old to replicate his goal-scoring prowess in the upcoming season. Judging by his performance during preseason matches, fans are in for a thrilling showcase.
e360hubs football presents a comprehensive look at the potential records Erling Haaland could break as the 2023/2024 season kicks off, with additional insights from BBC.
1. Most Goals in a Single Season
Technically, this would involve breaking his own record. Haaland needs to achieve 37 goals this season to surpass the 36 he set in the previous year.
2. Most Goals in All Competitions
This might prove to be a challenging feat, given that the current record stands at 63 goals set by Dixie Dean during the 1927/1928 season—a record held by an English player. Haaland registered 52 goals last season.
3. Manchester City's Top Scorers List
Requiring a mere 36 goals, the former Borussia Dortmund player can secure a spot on Manchester City's list of top 20 scorers of all time. Breaking into the top 10 necessitates an additional 80 goals, making the former achievement more attainable in the upcoming season.
4. Quickest Player to Reach 50 EPL Goals
Andy Cole achieved 50 Premier League goals in 65 appearances—the fastest any player has accomplished this milestone. Haaland only needs to score 14 goals across his next 29 appearances to surpass this record.
5. Quickest to 40 Champions League Goals
Erling Haaland already holds the record for being the fastest player to reach 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 goals in the Champions League. With only 30 appearances in the tournament so far, he needs just five more goals across his next 14 appearances to surpass Ruud Van Nistelrooy's record, who took 45 appearances to score 40 goals.
6. Most Goals in a UCL Season
Cristiano Ronaldo currently holds this record, having scored 17 times in a single Champions League campaign during 2013/2014. Haaland managed 12 more goals last season.
7. Norway's Top Scorer
Erling Haaland consistently delivers strong performances for Norway. Presently, he ranks fourth on the list of all-time top scorers for the national team with 24 goals, as reported by Transfermarkt. The leader, Jorgen Juve, is just nine goals ahead. Haaland has at least six games this year to narrow the gap and surpass that record.
Despite the intense scrutiny, the young striker has already demonstrated his ability to excel under pressure.
For more updates on Ballon d'Or rankings, remember that Sports Brief earlier covered the conclusion of the 2022/2023 European football season with the UEFA Champions League final in Istanbul. The upcoming Mundial and Champions League tournaments will significantly influence the competition for the Ballon d'Or, with Haaland and Messi emerging as favorites for this year.