Erling Haaland has won the 2020 Golden Boy award… and it really comes as no surprise to anyone.
Haaland beat out the likes of England starlets Jadon Sancho and Mason Greenwood, and Barcelona ace Ansu Fati, to grace Tuttosport’s front page as the newest Golden Boy.
Haaland plays, Haaland scores – that’s how the story goesAFP
Following in the footsteps of those such as Lionel Messi, Cesc Fabregas, Raheem Sterling and Kylian Mbappe, Haaland topped the voting with Fati named runner-up and Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies coming in third.
All these players are undeniably elite stars, but based on Haaland’s incredible debut season he just had to be named Golden Boy.
He netted a ridiculous 44 (yes, 44) goals in all competitions during 2019/20, with 28 scored for Red Bull Salzburg in the first half of the season before he joined Dortmund and grabbed another 16 goals in only 18 matches!
He’s started this campaign in similarly scintillating form, netting 11 in 11 – including four goals in just three Champions League matches.
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Europe has been a particularly fine stomping ground for Haaland, as he’s scored 14 goals in only 11 games in the Champions League.
Haaland isn’t only performing to a ridiculous level for his club, either.
He played five times for Norway in 2020 and scored six goals!
Erling Haaland’s ridiculous season
Haaland’s breakthrough 2019/20 season will go down in history
Appearances – 40
Goals – 44
Hat-tricks – 5
Minutes per goal – 62.5
Assists – 10
First Dortmund player ever to score on his debut in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and the Champions League
Quickest player to ever reach double figures for goals in Champions Leauge, with ten in seven matches
Won Bundesliga player of the month award for January despite playing 59 minutes that month
Everyone knew Haaland was set for stardom during his time with Red Bull Salzburg, and that’s why Dortmund splashed out around £18million to sign him in January.
And BVB’s decision was repaid immediately, as Haaland made his debut as a 56th minute substitute against Augsburg – and only went and scored a hat-trick inside 23 minutes!