Erling Haaland has more Premier League hat-tricks than Cristiano Ronaldo. He has the same number as Mohamed Salah. He is a third of the way to Sergio Aguero’s record 12.
Haaland has been in the English top flight for half a season. That’s 19 league matches in total.
In Manchester City’s comfortable 3-0 win over Wolves on Sunday, the Norwegian hit his fourth hat-trick, completing it in just 12 minutes either side of half-time.
It took his tally of goals for the campaign to a stunning 31 in all competitions – 25 of them in the Premier League.
Some records have already been broken, others await. The day after his last goalscoring feat, BBC Sport celebrates the phenomenon that is Erling Braut Haaland.
As already stated, Haaland’s quartet of hat-tricks have come from just 19 Premier League games.
To show how ridiculously fast that is, the next fastest person to reach the same number of Premier League hat-tricks is Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored his fourth in his 65th league game for Manchester United.
Here’s how the City striker stacks up against the other three to make the fastest four-man list…
Aguero, who was Haaland’s predecessor up front for City, scored 12 Premier League hat-tricks during his time in England. No player has succeeded more. Of the players currently active in England, Tottenham’s Harry Kane has the most with eight.
But the Argentine, who is City’s all-time top scorer with 184 goals, has played 275 Premier League games for the club.
Alan Shearer, who has scored more Premier League goals than anyone else with 260, scored 11 hat-tricks. He is the only man to score more than Haaland in a single season, with five – this was the 1995-96 campaign in which he netted 31 times.
For City, he is already eighth on their list of all-time top scorers in all competitions – a list led by Aguero with 16.
Golden shoe in the bag?
Haaland’s tally of goals in all competitions this season has already equaled Shearer’s 1995-96 league tally.
Shearer won the Golden Boot that year, with his 31 the fourth most goals ever scored in a Premier League season, three fewer than the 34 the striker scored for Blackburn in 1994-95 and Andy Cole scored for Newcastle the previous season. .
Haaland already has 25 – a tally that would have been enough to win him the Golden Boot in more than half of the 30 campaigns since the English top flight was renamed in 1992.
That’s already enough goals to have made him the division’s top scorer for the past four seasons.
Three-time Golden Boot winner Kane is Haaland’s closest man in this season’s goalscoring charts – 10 goals behind.
Haaland’s efforts on Sunday also overturned another City record, with his 18 league goals at home being the most by any of the club’s players at the Etihad Stadium in a single season, beating Sergio Aguero’s tally of 16 in 2011-12.
He needs one more goal to equal Aguero’s record of 26 for the most scored by a City player in a Premier League season, but he still has some work to do to beat the 38 scored by Tommy Johnson in the old Premier League in 1928-29.
If he matches his production from the first half of the campaign in the second, that will give him a nice 50 for the campaign.
Outperforming nearly half of the Premier League… and much of Europe
Haaland currently has more league goals this season than nine of the Premier League sides. He is one close to equaling Leeds’ tally of 26 to make it a clean half.
Chelsea, who have splashed hundreds of millions on their team’s forwards, are three goals behind Haaland, who cost City £51.2m when he joined Borussia Dortmund last June.
The Norwegian has scored more than double the number of goals managed by Sunday’s opponents Wolves, who have just 12 to their name.
If you want to expand that, he currently has more goals this season than 51 teams in Europe’s big five leagues – the Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, La Liga and Serie A.
Sixteen touches, three goals
So what about his latest achievement?
It was yet another exercise in ruthless minimalism, with all three of his goals coming from just 16 touches in the game.
After last weekend’s 2-1 Premier League defeat at Manchester United, City boss Pep Guardiola spoke of his need to find a way to involve Haaland more in his club’s games, but woe to him. rest of the division if he increases his goals-count per touch next to his contact with the ball.
Sunday’s first goal was a header from a familiar source, with Kevin de Bruyne providing his fifth assist for the striker – the most by one player for another in the competition this season.
He then brought in a penalty after Ilkay Gundogan was fouled by Wolves captain Ruben Neves, before bringing in his third goal after goalkeeper Jose Sa’s pass from outside his penalty area went straight to Riyadh Mahrez.
Speaking as a recap on BBC Radio 5 Live, former England defender Stephen Warnock was understandably expansive.
“That movement, that power, the clinical nature, the anticipation of where the ball will fall to him, it’s so hard to defend,” he said. “You can get so attached to one player that it frees up space for others. When you put your attention back on the ball, you’ve lost it.
“He’s so good at not being felt; you try to feel him and figure out where he is. Look at the first goal, the movement is just brilliant.
“He’s going to get better and better and that’s a scary thing for world football.”
City boss Guardiola is used to talking about his striker but said this after Sunday’s win: “The numbers are unbelievable. He lives 24 hours a day for his profession, his work, his passion, his love.
“He’s not stressed a lot when things are going well or badly. He’s stable. He feels the defeats. It’s really good.”