Erling Braut Haaland has become one of Europe’s most exciting young players
With his first-half demolition of Genk at RB Salzburg’s Red Bull Arena earlier this month, Erling Braut Haaland became the first teenager since Wayne Rooney to score a hat-trick on his Champions League debut.
The goals – a first-time toe-poke with his right foot, a side-footed finish with his left and a poacher’s effort from inside Genk’s six-yard box – took him to 17 for the season. He has only played 10 games.
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The hat-trick was, remarkably, his fourth of the campaign, a feat which has propelled his name into headlines across Europe. And that’s before we even consider the nine goals – yes, nine – he scored for Norway in their 12-0 win over Honduras at the U20 World Cup at the end of May.