How Haaland’s 200-goal tally compares to Messi, Ronaldo
Manchester City striker Erling Haaland scored twice within the 4-1 obliteration of Southampton this weekend to take his tally to 44 objectives in 38 video games this season, which led supervisor Pep Guardiola to evaluate the 22-year-old immediately with two indeniable luminaries in Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“In terms of the thesis of scoring goals. He’s quite similar in terms of Cristiano, but Messi is the more complete player,” Guardiola advised reporters after watching Haaland open the scoring in opposition to the Saints earlier than doubling his haul with a spectacular overhead kick. “Messi can play wherever, while Cristiano and Erling are machines.”
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After arriving for €60 million from Borussia Dortmund in the summertime, Haaland has now scored 30 objectives in 27 Premier League video games for City and is simply 4 objectives shy of the league’s all-time single-season purpose file — held collectively by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer who each scored 34 objectives in 1993-94 and 1994-95 respectively, each of which have been 42-game campaigns.
Only two different gamers have scored 30 or extra objectives of their maiden season within the Premier League, with Cole netting 34 for Newcastle in 1993-94 and Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips bagging 30 in 1999-00.
Of course it will be remiss to cut back three nice, multi-faceted gamers to mere stats however the numbers do recommend that Haaland is on track to match his rivals when it comes to sheer output as his profession progresses.
As issues stand, the Norway striker has performed 220 senior aggressive membership video games in all competitions and scored 179 objectives — that is a median price of 0.81 objectives per recreation (gpg).
Messi’s 220th senior membership recreation got here for Barcelona in a 2-1 away victory over Atletico Madrid in September 2010. The Argentine scored one and offered an help, which took his total membership haul to 141 objectives in all competitions — a median price of 0.64 gpg.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo’s 220th membership recreation for Manchester United got here in a 0-0 draw in opposition to West Ham in May 2007. The Portugal winger did not get on the scoresheet and ended the day as he started with 55 objectives profession objectives to his title in complete — a relatively common price of simply 0.25 gpg. Indeed, it wasn’t till he actually caught fireplace at Real Madrid that Ronaldo’s purpose price actually went into the stratosphere.
So, at present rely, Haaland is comfortably outscoring each Messi and Ronaldo on the identical profession juncture, with 38 membership objectives greater than Messi and 124 objectives greater than Ronaldo after 220 video games in all competitions.
For their golf equipment, Messi has 695 objectives in 846 video games, whereas Ronaldo has 712 in 961. Internationally, you’ll be able to add 102 objectives in 174 for Messi and 122 in 198 (essentially the most appearances ever within the males’s recreation) for Ronaldo.
Haaland, in the meantime, has 21 objectives in 23 video games for Norway, which implies he hit the 200th TOTAL goal of his career in opposition to Southampton on the age of twenty-two and 261 days. For context, solely Neymar did that faster this century (22 and 256 days), whereas Kylian Mbappe (23 and 14 days) is third and Messi seems fourth on the listing (24 and 54 days.)
All the City ahead wants to do now’s keep his astonishing purpose yield for the subsequent decade if he needs to really be included in the identical bracket as his counterparts.