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Is Borussia Dortmund Star Erling Braut Håland the Best Striker in the World Right Now?

Is Borussia Dortmund Star Erling Braut Håland the Best Striker in the World Right Now?

Teenage sensation Erling Braut Håland – who is being tipped to join Real Madrid this summer in football odds today – has taken the football world by storm this season and has scored an insane amount of goals – domestically and in Europe, for both Red Bull Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

The 19-year-old started the season with Salzburg in the Austrian Bundesliga and scored an impressive 16 goals in 14 league appearances. He also netted four in two Austrian Cup outings, whilst he scored an unbelievable eight Champions League group goals in six games – including a goal at Anfield in Salzburg’s 4-3 defeat to Liverpool and three goals across two games against Italian side Napoli.

Håland’s crazy goalscoring ability doesn’t stop there. Since moving to Dortmund in January for £17m, the Norwegian has netted nine goals in just eight German Bundesliga games – including a 20-minute hat-trick on his debut against Augsburg as they came back twice to win 5-3. The striker also scored in his DFB Pokal debut in a 3-2 loss away to Werder Bremen.

Håland scored both goals in a 2-1 win on his Champions League debut for the club in their first-leg last 16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain at Signal Iduna Park – the second of which was a thunderbolt of a strike from outside the box. The two goals meant that Håland pulled level with Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski on 10 goals and closed the gap in the race for the tournament’s Golden Boot.

Håland’s remarkable form has led to him becoming the first player in Dortmund’s history to score on their Bundesliga, Champions League and Pokal debuts, while he won the Bundesliga Player of the Month award without even playing an hour of football and has almost broken into the top 10 scorers in the league after just five games.

To sum up the youngster’s goalscoring this season: He has bagged a total of 40 goals in 31 games – including a whopping six hat-tricks – and has scored an impressive 12 goals in 11 games since joining Dortmund. His 10 goals in the Champions League is just one less than Spanish giants Barcelona have managed in the competition.

Håland’s 10 goals in Europe this season takes him above Real Madrid star Eden Hazard’s career tally in the competition of eight, whilst he averages a goal in every half of Champions League matches. The Norwegian’s double against PSG made him the youngest player to reach double figures in a single tournament, and the fastest ever player to do so, whilst he also became the first footballer to score for two different clubs in the Champions League in the same year.

“He is a goal-scorer, he is 19, he’s a great talent,” said teammate Axel Witsel.

“He still has huge room for improvement but he is on the road to becoming a truly great player.”

Håland may not have been doing it on the world stage for long enough to already be considered one of the best strikers in the world, but on current form, the Norwegian striker needs to be firmly in that bracket. Given that he is only 19 years old and already scoring goals for fun, it is scary to think what he is going achieve.

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