It’s rare for a much-hyped player to take all the pressure in their stride and deliver without batting an eyelid. Yet that’s just what Erling Haaland did when he arrived at Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund. He scored a staggering 62 goals in just 67 performances. If there were any doubts about whether he’d adjust to the Premier League, he quickly put them to bed. Today, he has 28 goals in 26 games for Manchester City, with many on the way. Indeed, it’s shaping up to be Haaland’s decade. Indeed, with Messi or Ronaldo unlikely to win the Ballon d’Or next year, there may well be people using an introductory betting offer to back Haaland to pick up football’s most prestigious individual honor ahead of schedule. And that’s just one of many successes we can expect the exceptional Norwegian striker to pick up throughout his career.
Manchester City Success
One thing’s for sure: while he’s at Manchester City, Haaland will win a lot of trophies. He’s on course to win at least one this year (likely the FA Cup, possibly the Premier League), and this is a relatively poor season by City’s high standards. Haaland will probably move to Real Madrid at some stage, but if he stays at the Etihad for just three more seasons, he’ll walk away with some of football’s greatest prizes — and you can bet that Haaland will be instrumental in the success, too.
Haaland will win a lot of collective team trophies. But he’s also going to smash a lot of individual records along the way, too. He’s only 22 and he’s already got a few under his belt. He’s already Manchester City’s highest scorer in a Premier League season, and there are still ten games to go. There’s every chance he has the best Premier League goal return in the history of the league, too, since he only needs seven more to top the bill. He probably won’t ever beat Lionel Messi’s record of 73 goals in a single campaign, but then again, Haaland is still improving, so you never know!
Eyes on the Future
So what will Haaland’s career look like in the future? It’s too early to say, but it’s reasonable to assume he’ll move to Real Madrid when he’s around 25, at which point he may become the new Cristiano Ronaldo, scoring bags of goals and helping Real Madrid enter a new period of dominance.