Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland has recently broken Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s record.
The striker, who scored in Dortmund’s 4-0 win over Schalke this weekend, has better goal stats this season than Ronaldo and Messi’s numbers at his age.
At just 19 years, nine months and 23 days, Haaland – with a tally of 41 goals in 2019-20 season – Haaland is the first soccer player, on this planet, to get to 40 or more goals for the first time in a single season as a teenager.
When Ronaldo first scored 40 or more goals in a campaign, he was aged 23 years, three months, and six days.
He clinched the feat with Manchester United when he had netted 42 goals during the 2007-08 campaign.
It took the Portuguese seven seasons to do so in comparison to Haaland’s four seasons.
Ronaldo’s record was broken by his arch-rival Messi, who had netted 40 or more goals in a single campaign when he was aged 22 years, 10 months and six days.
The Barcelona skipper bagged the record during the 2009-10 season when he scored 47 goals.
Even Messi took longer to score 40 or more goals in a single season as he needed two campaigns more than Haaland’s four.
These numbers testify to the fact that Haaland is tipped to be the future Ballon d’Or winner.