Erling Haaland, the Norwegian Striker’s goal in Manchester City’s come-from-behind win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday night broke the record for the fastest player to 40 Champions League goals.
The Norwegian goal machine scored his team’s first goal as they rallied from a 2-0 deficit at the Etihad Stadium to win 3-2 and take first place in Group G.
It was his 40th Champions League goal in just his 35th appearance, making him only the 20th player in history to do so, and he did so in ten games fewer than the next fastest, Ruud van Nistelrooy.
Haaland will now look to continue his rapid ascension up the Champions League’s all-time scoring list, with Sergio Aguero, one of his predecessors as Man City’s leading marksman, next on his radar.
In other news, Kylian Mbappe’s controversial penalty save for Paris Saint-Germain against Newcastle United on Tuesday night brought him level with his former Parc des Princes teammate Neymar on 43 goals in the competition.
Sports Mole examines the latest standings in the 40-goal club following Tuesday’s action.
Erling Haaland | The Goal Machine
Manchester City striker, Erling Haaland, on Tuesday set a new UEFA Champions League record after he scored a goal in his side’s 3-2 win over RB Leipzig.
Haaland’s goal against RB Leipzig was his 40th in the Champions League.
The Norway international needed just 35 matches to get to the landmark.
As a result of his latest strike, he became the youngest player ever to score 40 Champions League goals in just 35 games.
He surpassed former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy who had taken 45 games to get there.
Haaland also broke his contemporary Kylian Mbappe’s record.
Mbappe is third fastest, taking 59 matches while two of the finest goalscorers of the modern era Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski needed 61 games each.