We need to talk about Erling.
Just when it looked like a way to contain Manchester City’s beast had been found, Haaland produces a moment of utter brilliance to give his side the win over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old Norwegian showed incredible acrobatics to fire in the decisive goal, which saw him raise his left leg approximately six feet in the air as he got on the end of Joao Cancelo’s delightful cross from the left.
The goal was a superhuman effort, talkSPORT’s Micky Gray suggested.
“That’s 26 in 21 for Erling Haaland in Champions League football, it’s just incredible,” Gray said on commentary.
“The next time this guy comes out on the football field he’s going to be wearing a cape! He’s that good.
“You don’t see him for 75 minutes… what a superstar they’ve got on their hands.”
Haaland now has 13 goals in just nine appearances for Man City and his deadly play inside the box reminds Jason Cundy of one of English football’s greatest poachers.
“He is becoming one of the most unbelievable strikers,” Cundy said on The Sports Bar.
“I’ve not seen him put his laces through a shot yet. He doesn’t need to because he just taps the ball. It’s a caressed karate kick… it’s an outrageous finish.”
“He’s a six-yard box goalscorer. Gary Lineker was like that, this is ten times Gary Lineker, this is Gary Lineker on steroids!” Cundy added.
However, Haaland‘s exploits reminded Pep Guardiola of an even bigger icon of the game.
“The moment Erling scored the goal… I thought: ‘Ah, like Johan Cruyff!’” Guardiola said in reference to a superb strike the Dutch icon scored for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid in the 1973/74 season.
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“I remember a little bit my dear friend [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, who has this ability to put their foot on the roof, and Erling is quite similar on that.”
And don’t be surprised to see this strike stand the test of time.