Erling Haaland was bound to make some headlines when he decided to join Manchester City, but not even in his wildest dreams he believed he would have such an impact with the Cityzens.
The Norwegian ace had already made Champions League history with his performance in the first half of the match, where he scored two goals in less than 120 seconds and managed to add one more in the dying seconds of the first half. To add his name to the competition's record books, he added a brace in the second half that cemented his spot among the top scorers in the history of this competition.
Haaland's strength and drive saw him score twice off rebounds by RB Leipzig's defense, and if Premier League defenders are already getting to know his drive, Die Roten Bullen have reasons to name Haaland as their worst nightmare, as the Norwegian has not scored more goals against any rival than against the German side, as he has found the back of the net ten times when facing the Red Bulls.
To make matters even more inspiring for his fans, Haaland managed to match a couple or UCL records set by Lionel Messi with his performance tonight.
5 - Erling Haaland is the third player to score five goals in a single UEFA Champions League game after Luiz Adriano in October 2014 (Shakhtar Donetsk vs BATE Borisov) and Lionel Messi in March 2012 (Barcelona v Bayer Leverkusen). Playground. pic.twitter.com/0eWf7fsxgv— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 14, 2023
Haaland and Messi are now the only players in UCL history to score a first-half hat trick in a knockout game pic.twitter.com/7CRM9xoQ8l— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) March 14, 2023
It is safe to say that the new era in European football will be quite interesting to watch. But how many goals will the Norwegian ace end up bagging in the premier club competition in Europe? We will have to wait a while to find out.