We need to talk about Erling.
Just when it looked like a way to contain Manchester City’s beast had been found, Haaland produced a moment of absolute brilliance to hand his side victory over Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old Norwegian showed incredible acrobatics to shoot in the decisive goal, which saw him lift his left leg about six feet in the air as he came on the end of Joao Cancelo’s delightful cross from left.
The goal was superhuman effort, suggested talkSPORT’s Micky Gray.
“It’s 26 out of 21 for Erling Haaland in Champions League football, it’s just unbelievable,” Gray said in a comment.
“The next time this guy steps onto the football pitch, he’ll be wearing a cape! He is so good.
“You don’t see it for 75 minutes… what a superstar they have on their hands.”
Haaland now has 13 goals in just nine appearances for Man City and his killer play inside the box reminds Jason Cundy of one of English football’s greatest poachers.
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“He’s becoming one of the most incredible strikers,” Cundy said on The Sports Bar.
“I haven’t seen him put his shoelaces through a shot yet. He doesn’t have to because he just hits the ball. It’s a stroked karate kick…it’s an outrageous finish.
“He’s a six-yard striker. Gary Lineker was like that, it’s ten times Gary Lineker, it’s 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!
“I remember a little my dear friend [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, who has this ability to put his foot on the roof, and Erling are quite similar on that.
And don’t be surprised to see this strike stand the test of time.