Erling Haaland reinforced his credentials as the next best talent on the world football stage with a UEFA Champions’ League brace against Club Brugge, that saw the match finish 3-0 in favour of Borussia Dortmund and put one step into the qualification for the knockouts stage which will commence in February.
Earlier this week, Haaland received more good news when he was crowned the “Golden Boy of the Year” finishing comfortably ahead of second placed Ansu Fati of FC Barcelona. Undoubtedly, it is not hard to see why the talented striker received the accolade.
The 20-year-old Norwegian has been on the scouts’ and agents’ lists ever since he emerged playing in the second division of the Norwegian football league. But, his presence was first noticed in his debut season for RB Salzburg where he struck a Champions’ League goal against Liverpool and made his mark.
Eventually, the list of big clubs interested in him increased with Manchester United particularly close to sealing a deal only for the agent commissions breakdown that ended the negotiations. Haaland then moved to Dortmund and has since been sensational, with a record of 15 goals in 12 CL games overall across both the clubs.
His first goal was a fitting strike for a centre-forward as his first touch took the ball beyond the Brugge defenders to smash it past keeper Simon Mignolet from quite a tight angle. His second goal was a typical poacher’s strike as he found himself in the right place at the right time following Sancho’s misplaced pass which made it 3-0.
No wonder he is getting all the praise in the world ahead of a bright future for Haaland, which could see him secure a move to one of the biggest clubs in football and also become the best in the world at some point in the future.