The goal against Bayern in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on the morning of April 20 was the 13th goal of the Norwegian spearhead in the knockout stages. In just 4 seasons, the Norwegian striker has achieved the achievement that two famous former Barca strikers took a long time to achieve.
The first time Haaland scored in the knockout round of the Champions League fell in the 2019/20 season when he scored twice in the first leg of the round of 16 match between Dortmund and PSG. At that time, Haaland had a controversial meditation celebration in front of the French team. Neymar and the PSG stars then also had a similar celebration in response. The Brazilian striker himself also shined brightly when he scored against the German club, helping PSG to the quarterfinals.
In the following two seasons, Haaland scored only 4 goals in the knockout rounds of the Champions League and could not go deep in this field in Dortmund’s shirt. However, this season, the spearhead born in 2000 has scored 7 goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League, including 5 goals against Leipzig and 2 goals against Bayern.
With Luis Suarez past his prime and playing in Brazil and Neymar no longer maintaining his good form in the Champions League, Haaland will soon surpass his two seniors in European goalscoring record. Even Haaland is expected to soon enter the legendary temple of the Champions League as one of the best strikers.
At the age of 22, Haaland has 35 Champions League goals in just 27 appearances. Before targeting Cristiano Ronaldo (140 goals) and Lionel Messi (129 goals), Haaland needs to overcome senior superstars such as Raul (71 goals), Karim Benzema (90 goals), Robert Lewandowski (91 goals).
Hong An | 11:22 April 20, 2023