Erling Braut Haaland has broken a fresh goalscoring record after finding the net in Manchester City’s 3-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.
The Norwegian has been in scintillating form in front of goal since joining the Citizens from Borussia Dortmund last summer, breaking a plethora of records in his debut campaign at the Etihad Stadium.
Haaland entered the first leg with Bayern having already scored a remarkable 44 goals in just 38 appearances across all competitions this season, including 10 strikes in just six Champions League matches.
The 22-year-old put five goals past German outfit RB Leipzig in the last 16 just under a month ago, and he managed to get his name on the scoresheet once again against Bayern, slotting home City’s third goal on the night in the 76th minute with a side-footed volley from close range.
Haaland set up Bernardo Silva for a header just six minutes earlier, after Rodri had opened the scoring for the Citizens with a stunning strike from the edge of the penalty area midway through the first half.
A combination of resilient defending and a ruthless performance in attack helped Pep Guardiola’s side comfortably sweep aside a hapless Bayern outfit to put the reigning Premier League champions in the driving seat to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals.
Haaland’s latest strike has now seen him move onto 45 goals, the most goals ever scored by a Premier League player in a single season across all competitions.
City’s No.9 has surpassed the previous record of 44 goals held jointly by former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy in the 2002-03 campaign and current Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah in the 2017-18 season.
Both Van Nistelrooy and Salah netted 44 goals in 52 games across all tournaments, but Haaland has required only 39 matches to net 45 goals.
Haaland has also continued his impressive scoring record against Bayern, as he has now notched up six strikes in eight meetings against the Bavarian giants, with his previous five all scored with former club Borussia Dortmund.
Last month, Haaland became Man City’s all-time record scorer in a single season, breaking the club’s 94-year record previously held by Tommy Johnson back in the 1928-29 campaign when he netted 38 goals.
The striker, who is three clear at the top of this season’s Champions League scoring charts with 11, has now scored 12 goals in his last five matches across all tournaments and will seek to increase his impressive tally further when Man City play host to Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.