The crazy numbers behind Erling Haaland's stellar season... and how football reacted
The world may be standing up and salivating over Erling Haaland's extraordinary goalscoring feats for Manchester City but the Norway striker always felt he was destined to bag hatfuls at the club he supported as a boy.
"I knew I was going to score goals because last season... how many did they score? Probably 100," he said. "So when I saw them without a striker and they were crossing the ball in, I was like, 'Ah, I'd love to be there'".
Haaland's five goals in City's 7-0 Champions League rout of RB Leipzig on Tuesday saw him eclipse Tommy Johnson's 94-year record to become the club's highest scorer in a single season with 39 goals in just 35 appearances.
With City having a potential 19 matches still to play this term, a half-century of goals and perhaps more is firmly in sight.
So how did the footballing world react to Haaland's latest record breaking escapades? And what do the mind-boggling statistics tell us? Telegraph Sport takes a look.
"How crazy this kid is. Pep subbed him off on 63. I would've left him on the field because we don't know – this kid could've scored six or seven goals."
City's all time leading scorer suggested he would have given Haaland the chance to become the first player to score six Champions League goals in a single match had he been in manager Pep Guardiola's shoes.
"An absolute ball magnet."
Grealish had coined a new nickname for Haaland by the time the players were back in the dressing room at full-time.
Stat attack 1: With 28 Premier League goals this season, Haaland has scored more than the entire Chelsea team put together
"And they say @ManCity are a worse team with @ErlingHaaland 😂🙈"
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker Michael Owen scoffed at questions about Haaland and City's compatibility.
French sports newspaper, L'Equipe, awarded Haaland a 10/10 rating – only the 16th time that has happened – and in doing so he became only the second player after Lionel Messi to receive that accolade twice and likened him to ET on their front page.
🗞️ « E.T. Haaland » : la une du journal L'Équipe du mercredi 15 mars 2023
Lire l'édition : https://t.co/NwMdRk5BKf pic.twitter.com/Q3VC3RUM6k
— L'ÉQUIPE (@lequipe) March 15, 2023
Stat attack 2: Haaland has taken a total of 623 touches in the Premier League this season, meaning one in 22 touches results in a goal
"What Haaland is doing in football right now is astonishing"
Champions League winner with Manchester United in 2008 suggested Haaland's exploits were hard to digest.
"How do I go about this without putting pressure on Erling? He'd probably thrive off it. I believe he really could do what he wants, just from his hunger and his attitude and his professionalism and I'd love to see him do it, definitely."
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored 50 or more goals in a single season on six occasions each for Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively and John Stones believes Haaland could rewrite the rulebook by posting a similar total despite being Premier League-based.
Stat attack 3: Haaland is averaging a goal every 75 minutes this season and has a 31 per cent shot conversion rate in the Premier League
"Haalands taking the p--- now"
Crouch, once of Liverpool, suggested Haaland was starting to take the mickey.
Stat attack 4: Haaland, the youngest player to hit 30 Champions League goals, is also just the third person to score five goals in a Champions League game, after Messi and Luiz Adriano
Other players past and present just opted for a bunch of emojis to emphasise Haaland's feats:
Jude Bellingham (Haaland's former Borussia Dortmund team-mate): 🤯
Carles Puyol (Messi's old Barcelona team-mate): 😳😳😳🔝🔝
Alan Shearer (the Premier League's all-time top scorer with 260 goals): 👏👏👏👏👏
Stat attack 5: Haaland and Messi are the only players to score a first half hat-trick in the Champions League
"Words fail you, you know. He's crazy. He got four taps in and a penalty. He's just there."
Rock star and City fan Gallagher is rarely lost for words but Haaland almost left him speechless.
Stat attack 6: Haaland needed just 19 games to score four Premier League hat-tricks. Ruud van Nistelrooy was the next quickest to four, in 65 matches