Erling Haaland and finding the back of the net; synonymous with one another. An Inevitability, based on the evidence of this season alone, that has seen the 22-year-old blitz both the Premier League and the Champions League in the goals department since his summer arrival at Manchester City from Borussia Dortmund.
Already recognized as one of the most-feared goalscorers before turning up in the northwest of England, the Leeds-born Norwegian international has defied all logic and reason thus far at the head of Pep Guardiola’s holding English champions with 19 goals across 11 combined appearances in the Premier League and Champions League. And City has certainly paid for the privilege.
Earlier today it was revealed that Haaland is on a massive £900k/week at City in an exclusive by Mail Sports’ Mike Keegan which details the overall package that the Norwegian star has settled into since his arrival from the Ruhr Valley.
Though it was stated that Haaland’s base salary is in line with other top earners at the club, his total take-home at the end of each week is dramatically increased after a series of ‘almost guaranteed’ bonuses catapult him clear of the rest of the playing field and making him the highest-earner in the top league in Europe.
A ludicrous sum of money, but thus far, Haaland is proving that such a big number has been justified in the wake of another goalscoring performance last night at the Etihad Stadium against FC København in City’s 5-0 thrashing of the Danish domestic giants in the Champions League.
On course to shatter the single-season goal record in the Premier League and looking increasingly likely to challenge the same record in the Champions League should City make a deep run in the competition, Haaland tweeted from his personal account earlier today to simply state “hungry for more.”
Having never won the Bundesliga with Dortmund while having yet to reach the latter stages of the Champions League during his time in Germany and Austria, City looks like the most feared side in Europe with his banner leading the charge on a weekly basis and this could be the first of many influential seasons with him as the center piece.
Worth every penny.