Erling Haaland has broken a record held by Kylian Mbappe, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi following Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League match against Leipzig.
Erling Haaland dismantled Leipzig on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, after scoring five goals for Manchester City to break Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe’s Champions League records.
Before his masterclass performance against the German side in the UEFA Champions League, the Norwegian striker had already scored 34 goals in 35 games for Manchester City.
Against RB Leipzig, Haaland scored his fifth treble of the season and his second in the Champions League.
His second effort was a game-changing strike, giving Haaland a total of 31 goals in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old becomes the youngest player to reach the 30-goal mark after only 25 games.
Not only that, but Erling Haaland is the fastest player in Europe’s biggest competition to reach 30 goals – quicker than Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Kylian Mbappe – Talksports.com reports.
He didn’t stop there, as he scored twice more in the first 15 minutes of the second half. City romped to a 6-0 lead thanks to Ilkay Gundogan’s goal. Haaland was then replaced in the 62nd minute, much to the relief of all Leipzig fans.
However, Haaland has some way to go before he can get near the top of the Champions League’s all-time scoring chart.
To break into the competition’s top ten scorers ever, the striker would need to outperform Andriy Shevchenko’s total of 48.
To break into the top three, he’ll need to surpass Robert Lewandowski’s 91 goals, which the Barcelona star will be hoping to add to before he retires.
If Haaland wants to break Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League record of 140 goals, which he set while playing for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus before departing from European heavyweight competitions.
However, his five goals in a single match have made him to break Lionel Messi and Luiz Adriano after being substituted in the 62nd minute of the game with Man City leading 6-0 and 7-1 on aggregate.