The day Haaland scored 9 goals and became an elite striker
At the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup, Norwegian striker Haaland began his path to being a world elite striker.
At just 22 years old, Haaland has become one of the best strikers in the world due to his impressive numbers. Manchester City paid 60 million dollars for his signing and currently, his value is almost triple (150 million dollars). However, a few years ago nobody knew Erling Haaland, he was a player unknown to most football fans. But everything changed on May 30, 2019, that day everyone knew the potential of the Norwegian striker.
Haaland started the year 2019 as the new signing of Red Bull Salzburg. Although he scored 20 goals in 2 seasons with Molde F. K (a team from Norway), Haaland came to the Austrian team as a promise. His numbers were interesting, but the Norwegian League was never competitive. The striker's start was discreet, without standing out too much, he was still the substitute for his team.
But little by little, he began to score goals and gain self-confidence. On May 23, the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup began and Haaland was called up by the Norwegian National Team to play in the tournament. The striker made his debut in the competition a day later and lost 3-1 to Uruguay. He did not score goals. A few days later, his team lost again, this time 2-0 to New Zealand. Again, Haaland did not score goals. Norway reached the last date still with chances to qualify as one of the best third parties. To qualify, he had to beat Honduras and wait for other results. It was time for Haaland to become the feared striker he is today.
In that game against Honduras, Haaland played the best match of his life. Before halftime, Haaland scored a poker of goals (4). It could have been 5, but one of his goals was annulled by the VAR. Although his team was leading 5-0, Haaland continued with his goalscoring ambition. The expulsion of a Honduran player broke the team's defense and the Norwegians seized the opportunity. In the second half, Norway scored 7 goals, 5 of which were scored by Haaland. Despite the 12-0 victory, the Norwegian team did not qualify for the quarterfinals of the tournament. But on that day, Haaland was on the front pages of every media outlet in the world. Everyone was in awe of the player who scored 9 goals. Despite only playing 3 games, Haaland was the tournament's top scorer with 9 goals. In addition, that 12-0 victory set two records in the history of the competition: the most goals scored by a player in the same match and the largest victory.
"I would have liked to have made a double-digit number, but it was nine and I am satisfied," said the ambitious striker, son of Alf-Inge Haaland, player of the 90s.
That was not the only achievement of the Viking striker. In September, Haaland participated for the first time in the UEFA Champions League (2019/2020 season), and once again amazed the world. Despite playing for a weak team like Red Bull Salzburg and facing big teams like Napoli or Liverpool, Haaland scored 8 goals during the 6 matches of Group E. By then, many teams were already trying to sign the star from Norway. But it was finally Borussia Dortmund, the team that ended up signing him for around 20 million euros.
Today, Haaland has already scored 13 goals in just 9 games played for Guardiola's Manchester City.