Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said Erling Haaland has an incredible record that Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t boast of when they were of the same age as the Norwegian.
The City boss who was preparing to lead City to another Champions League glory this campaign insisted that Erling’s goal records are unbeatable for many great players, stressing that the striker record is simply unbelievable.
In just one and a half years at City, Erling Haaland has registered his name as one of the greatest Premier League strikers ever. In his first season in England, the prolific striker scored 36 league goals and registered 8 assists in 35 appearances.
Similarly, he was the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League last campaign, scoring 12 goals in 11 appearances.
Haaland’s scoring records continue despite suffering an injury setback this season, he’s the top scorer in the League with 16 goals and scored 5 in the Champions League.
His brace against Everton over the weekend was his 51 Premier League goals and made him the fastest player in the English League history to reach 50 goals in first 50 league starts.
Speaking ahead of the Champions League clash with Copenhagen, Guardiola said Messi and Ronaldo were not able to have such a record when they were young like Haaland, therefore, the striker deserves commendation for his unbelievable performances.
“He is so strong mentally after one goal, he wants a second one and then a third.
“You see his numbers at his age – in the Champions League, even Messi does not have these numbers at his age. It’s unbelievable,” Guardiola said.
“He has scored goals everywhere all the time. He has a special mentality and attributes and skills.
“We are delighted to have him. And we are delighted he is back after two months out.”