Erling Haaland shines in first season at Manchester City
The rise of Erling Haaland at Manchester City has been nothing short of exceptional. The Norwegian striker has smashed all scoring records and led his club to victories in the League, Cup, and Champions League – all in his debut season as a soccer player for Manchester City.
Haaland Emerges as Messi’s Biggest Rival for Individual Trophy
While Lionel Messi won the World Cup, Haaland’s merits cannot be ignored. He has been a strong competitor for the individual trophy, thanks in no small part to his standout performance at Manchester City under coach Pep Guardiola.
Haaland’s accomplishments are further bolstered by his competition in the fiercely competitive English league. In contrast, Messi has played in the French league, which is often considered a minor European league. Furthermore, Messi’s unceremonious exit from PSG could harm his odds of winning the trophy.
Haaland’s Record-Breaking Season
Haaland’s exceptional season at Manchester City’s included a fierce battle against Arsenal in the league, victories in the FA Cup, and a historic win in the Champions League, where he emerged as top scorer with 12 goals. In the English league, he scored a total of 36 goals, becoming the second player in history to be the top scorer in both the league and the Champions League, after Cristiano Ronaldo in 2008.