Striker Erling Haaland has made a miracle in his first season playing in the Premier League. He won the title of “Top scorer” in two fronts. Specifically, the Norwegian star is the number one striker in the English Premier League with 36 goals and ends the Champions League in the 2022/23 season at the top of the scoring list with 12 “shots”.
Thanks to Haaland’s great contributions, Man City is like “Lonely and defeated” this season. They have just defeated Inter with a score of 1-0 in Istanbul (Türkiye) to win the Champions League, thereby completing the historic “triple”. Previously, coach Pep Guardiola’s team defeated MU 2-1 to win the FA Cup and soon crowned the English Premier League before 3 rounds.
Surely many of you are curious, do not know in history so far, how many players have both won the Champions League and won the English Premier League in the same season. The answer is not much. Including Haaland, only 4 strikers can do this great thing. In particular, all the players who previously won the “double” title of “scorer” are on MU payroll.
The most recent star to do this extraordinary thing is Cristano Ronaldo. In the 2007/08 season, the Portuguese player performed extremely well. At that time, CR7 led the list of “Top scorers” in the Champions League with 8 times to hit the opponent’s net. In the Premier League, he has 31 goals – equaling the record of former striker Alan Shearer. Thanks to Ronaldo’s great contributions, MU has won on both fronts.
Notably, from the stepping stone of the wonderful 2007/08 season, Ronaldo won the first Golden Ball title in his career. He was named by the organizers at the Gala night at the end of 2008 with 446 votes, far ahead of the other two competitors, Lionel Messi and Fernando Torres.
Before Ronaldo, the MU player who became the “scorer” in both the Premier League and the Champions League was striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. This is the season that the Dutch striker has scored 25 goals to help the Manchester team win the title right in front of Arsenal’s nose. In the Champions League, Van Gol has 12 “shots”. However, Van Nistelrooy’s side failed to win the Champions League. MU only reached the quarter-finals and was forced to stop by Real Madrid.
The other person who has won the “double” of the prestigious individual award is former striker Dwight Yorke. In the 1998/99 season, the Trinidad & Tobago star played extremely well. He scored 18 Premier League goals, co-owning the title of “Top Scorer” with strikers Michael Owen and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. In particular, Yorke matched Andy Cole to become the leading “double” of European football at that time.
Thanks to his important goals, MU gently stepped up to the championship in the Premier League. In the Champions League, Yorke has 8 goals. He became the number one scorer in this arena, equal to Andriy Shevchenko’s scoring record. Surely, many people still have not forgotten the dramatic final between them and Bayern Munich. MU was led most of the time, but recovered in the minutes of injury time and got 2 goals against Bayern Munich thanks to the help of Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Looking at the lists of those who have won the “double” title of “scorer”, they are all banyan trees. However, Haaland had no reason to feel inferior. Even with the championship just won with Man City, the Norwegian striker still has hope of winning the “Golden Ball” title this year.
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