Erling Haaland Braut , a striker for the Norwegian national team and Premier League team Manchester City, was born on July 21, 2000, in Norway. He is recognized as one of the best players in the world and is renowned for his power, speed, and ability to finish in the box.
Haaland advanced through the youth system before playing for Bryne’s reserve and senior teams at the senior level. After that, he relocated to Molde in 2017 and spent two seasons there, playing for their reserve team as well. Haaland joined Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Bundesliga in January 2019 after winning two league championships and one Austrian Cup. In December 2019, he moved to Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga, where he won the DFB-Pokal in 2020–21. In the summer of 2022, he signed a contract with Manchester City for a value of €60 million (£51.2 million).
Haaland has broken various records throughout his career and won numerous individual awards. While playing for Salzburg in the 2019–20 season, he made history by becoming the first young player to score in five straight UEFA Champions League matches. For the 2020–21 Champions League season, he led all scorers. In 2020, Haaland won the Golden Boy prize. A member of the FIFA FIFPro World11 in both 2021 and 2022, he was also named the 2021 Bundesliga Player of the Season. He has set numerous Premier League marks with Manchester City, including the most goals scored in a single season, the fastest person to score two, three, and four hat-tricks, and the only player in league history to record three consecutive home victories with three goals.
Haaland has represented Norway in youth competitions at various levels. He won the Golden Boot in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup after breaking the tournament record with nine goals in one game. In September 2019, he made his senior international debut.
Haaland was born on July 21, 2000, while his father, Alfie Haaland, played for Leeds United in the Premier League in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. He relocated to Bryne, his parents’ hometown in Norway, when he was three years old. In addition to playing football from a young age, Haaland also engaged in a range of other sports as a child, including handball, golf, and track and field. He allegedly established a world record for his age group in the standing long jump at the age of five in 2006 with a distance of 1.63 meters.
Haaland started going to the neighborhood club, Bryne Academy, when he was five years old. In 2015–16, he contributed while on the Bryne reserve team, scoring 18 goals in 14 games. In May 2016, Bryne’s manager Gaute Larsen was let go, and interim manager Berntsen was promoted from the position of youth coach. Three months before turning 16, the interim manager gave Haaland his first start after having a close working relationship with him in other young teams. On May 12 in the first division of the second tier, he played his debut game against Ranheim.
After a few matches, Berntsen shifted Haaland to his favored central striker position after first using him as a winger. Haaland was given the chance to test out for the German club 1899 Hoffenheim despite not scoring during his first season at Bryne, but instead chose to join Molde and play for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. For Bryne, Haaland made a total of 16 senior appearances.
Molde confirmed the signing of 16-year-old Haaland on February 1st, 2017. On April 26, he made his club debut in a Norwegian Cup game against Volda TI, scoring the game’s first goal in a 3-2 victory. Haaland made his Eliteserien debut on June 4 against Sarpsborg 08, coming on as a substitute in the 71st minute. Haaland scored the game-winning goal for Molde in the 77th minute, his first league goal, barely over a minute after being given a yellow card. On September 17, he scored his second goal of the year against Viking FK, giving his team a 3-2 victory. After the game, Haaland’s teammate Björn Bergmann Sigurarson chastised him for celebrating his goal in front of the Viking fans. Haaland scored four goals in 20 games during his debut season at Molde.
On July 1, 2018, Haaland led his club to a 4-0 victory over Brann, the league’s unbeaten leader at the time, by scoring four goals in the first 21 minutes of play. Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated the club had turned down multiple offers for the striker from various teams after the game and compared Haaland’s style of play to that of Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku. A week later, Haaland continued his recent scoring streak against Vlerenga with a brace in a 5-1 victory. On July 26, he converted a penalty in Molde’s 3-0 Europa League qualification victory over KF Laçi to record his first goal in UEFA play. Haaland missed Molde’s final three league games of the season because of a sprained ankle. Haaland won the Eliteserien Breakthrough of the Year honor for his accomplishments in the 2018 Eliteserien. With 16 goals in 30 games in all competitions, he concluded the 2018 season as Molde’s leading scorer.
Red Bull Salzburg
Red Bull Salzburg, the reigning champions of the Austrian Bundesliga, revealed on August 19 that Haaland would begin a five-year contract with the team on January 1, 2019. Later, The Athletic’s Phil Hay would disclose that before moving to Salzburg, Haaland was also the subject of an offer from Leeds United, the previous team of his father. He made his club debut on February 17 against Wiener Neustädter in the Austrian Cup quarterfinals of the current season, and on May 12 against LASK in the Austrian Bundesliga, he scored his first goal. He earned his first hat-trick for the team on July 19 in a 7-1 Austrian Cup victory against SC-ESV Parndorf. On August 10, he notched his first hat-trick in the league, with three goals in a 5-2 victory over Wolfsberger AC. On September 14, he recorded his third hat-trick for Salzburg in a 7-2 victory over TSV Hartberg. This was Haaland’s sixth straight league game with three goals, giving him a total of 11 for the season. Three days later, against Genk, Haaland made his UEFA Champions League debut, scoring three goals in the first half to lead Salzburg to a 6-2 victory and record his fourth career hat-trick.
Haaland scored two goals against Napoli and one apiece against Liverpool in his next two Champions League games, becoming just the second teenager (after Karim Benzema) in competitive history to do so in his first three outings. In their first three Champions League games, he scored six goals, which was also the most of any player. Following Zé Carlos, Alessandro Del Piero, and Diego Costa as the only other players of any age to accomplish this feat, Haaland became the first teenager to score in each of his first four competition games after converting a penalty in Salzburg’s rematch against Napoli. Then, on November 10, he scored all three goals as Salbzurg defeated Wolfsberger AC 3-0, giving him his fifth hat-trick of the year and his second against Wolfsberg.
Haaland became the first teenager to score in five straight games in the competition on November 27 when he scored another goal against Genk after coming off the bench. He joined Del Piero, Serhii Rebrov, Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Robert Lewandowski as the only players to score in the first five games of a Champions League group stage. He would, however, be unable to score against Liverpool in Salzburg’s last group game; as a result, his team lost 2-0 and was eliminated from the competition. Haaland left Salzburg having scored 29 goals, 28 of which came in just 22 appearances during the 2019–20 season. This would turn out to be his last game for the team.
Borussia Dortmund, a Bundesliga club, confirmed the signing of Haaland on December 29, 2019, three days before the start of the winter transfer window, for a reported fee of around €20 million, and he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract. Haaland was reportedly a target of Manchester United and Juventus.
On January 18, 2020, Haaland made his debut for Dortmund away against FC Augsburg. He entered the game as a second-half substitute and scored three goals in as many minutes to help Dortmund win 5-3. In Dortmund history, only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and he have ever scored three goals in their first game of the Bundesliga. Six days later, Haaland made his second club debut in Dortmund’s match against neighborhood rivals 1. FC Köln by starting off the bench once more. He opened the scoring after 12 minutes and added another goal 10 minutes later to help his team win 5-1. Haaland set a league record by scoring five goals in his first two games, being the first player to do so and doing so in the quickest time (56 minutes played). He received the Bundesliga Player of the Month award for January despite spending less than an hour on the field in the league. On February 1, Haaland defeated Union Berlin with a brace, making history by becoming the first player to ever score seven goals in his first three Bundesliga games.
Haaland scored both goals for Dortmund on February 18 as they defeated Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the first leg of their round of 16 Champions League match. In just his eighth overall appearance in the competition, he added this goal to the eight he had already scored for Salzburg in the group stage, bringing his total for the 2019–20 Champions League season to 10. However, Dortmund would lose 2-0 in the second leg on March 11, sending Haaland home for the second time in the same season. Haaland scored Dortmund’s first goal of their 4-0 Revierderby victory over Schalke 04 on May 16 after the Bundesliga resumed play despite the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. This was Haaland’s tenth goal of the Bundesliga season. He scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over RB Leipzig on June 20 to help Dortmund finish in second place and qualify for the Champions League the following season. With Salzburg and Dortmund, Haaland finished the 2019–20 season with 44 goals in 40 club appearances across all competitions.
Continued individual success in 2020–21
Haaland scored twice in Dortmund’s 3-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on September 19, 2020, in the club’s inaugural game of the new campaign. He assisted in his team’s equalizer in their 2-3 Der Klassiker loss to Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup on September 30. On November 7, when the teams faced again in the league, he once more assisted in Dortmund’s 2-3 loss to Bayern. On November 21, Haaland led a 5-2 triumph over Hertha BSC on the road with four goals in just 32 minutes. He was named the Bundesliga Player of the Month for a second time thanks to his five goals in November. Haaland continued his impressive scoring streak in the Champions League, tallying six goals in the first four games of the 2020–21 group stage. On November 24, when his team defeated Club Brugge 3-0, he became the player with the fastest 15 Champions League goals, having done so in just 12 games. However, the club revealed that Haaland had sustained a hamstring injury, keeping him out of action until after the new year, hours before Dortmund’s fifth group game against Lazio on 2 December.
On January 3, 2021, Haaland faced VfL Wolfsburg in his comeback. He scored two goals in a 3-1 victory away at RB Leipzig on January 9 and two more in a 4-2 loss to Mönchengladbach on January 22. He contributed two goals to Dortmund’s 3-2 triumph over Sevilla on the road on February 17 in the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League. Haaland scored twice in the first 10 minutes of Dortmund’s league matchup against Bayern at the Allianz Arena on March 6 to give his club a 2-0 lead. However, Bayern rallied to win the game 4-2, and he was taken off in the second half after suffering an injury. In 146 appearances, Haaland scored his second goal, marking the 100th of his senior career.
Haaland defeated Sevilla in the second leg on March 9 in a 2-2 tie, winning the match 5-4 overall. Haaland then advanced to the quarterfinals. He became the first player to score multiple goals in four straight appearances in the Champions League and the youngest player to achieve 20 goals in the competition with just 14 games played. Haaland returned to Dortmund’s starting lineup on May 13 for the 2021 DFB-Pokal Final after missing two games due to severe bruises. He scored twice in his team’s 4-1 victory over Leipzig to earn his first championship with the team. He concluded the season as the top scorer in the Champions League with 10 goals, later being named the competition’s best striker. He finished the season with 41 goals in all competitions, including 27 in the league, earning him the fan-voted Bundesliga Player of the Season award.
Injury problems and departure in 2021–2022
On August 7, 2021, Haaland defeated Wehen Wiesbaden in the DFB-Pokal first round with a hat-trick to kick off the 2021–22 season. He assisted on two goals and scored a brace a week later as Dortmund defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 in matchday one of the Bundesliga. Haaland missed the opening few weeks of the season due to a hamstring injury, but he made a comeback on October 16 and scored twice against Mainz in a 3-1 win. Soon after, Haaland sustained a hip flexor injury that forced him to miss two months of action.On his return, on November 27, he became the youngest player to reach 50 league goals and set a new mark for the fewest appearances while also defeating Wolfsburg 3-1.
Haaland’s departure from Dortmund for Manchester City in the Premier League at the end of the current campaign was confirmed on May 10 by Dortmund. He said goodbye to the team four days later at the Westfalenstadion before Dortmund’s final game against Hertha BSC, and he scored the club’s first goal in a 2-1 victory.
Manchester City 2022–23: Individual success that breaks records
Manchester City of the Premier League confirmed on May 10, 2022 that they had activated Haaland’s €60 million (£51.2 million) release clause and had secured an agreement to sign him. On June 13, City announced that Haaland would sign a five-year contract and begin playing for the team on July 1. On July 30, he participated in the entirety of a 3-1 loss against Liverpool in the 2022 FA Community Shield, making his professional debut. He beat West Ham United 2-0 on the road in his league debut on August 7 thanks to two goals. Haaland became the fastest person in Premier League history to score two hat-tricks, breaking the previous record by 14 matches, on August 27 when he scored his first Premier League hat-trick in a 4-2 victory against Crystal Palace. Four days later, in a 6-0 victory against Nottingham Forest, he scored his second, a perfect hat-trick, and he was later named Premier League Player of the Month for August, his first month competing in the league.
He scored two goals against Sevilla on September 6 to make his club’s Champions League debut and become the first player with 25 goals in 20 Champions League games. In City’s 6-3 victory over Manchester United on October 2, Haaland—who also contributed two assists—became the first player in Premier League history to score a hat-trick in three straight home games. In addition, he shattered Alan Shearer’s record of three hat-tricks in ten games during the 1994–95 season, becoming the Premier League player to score three hat-tricks in the fewest number of games (eight league games), breaking Michael Owen’s previous mark of 48 league games. Haaland set a new record for the quickest player to score 20 Premier League goals when he scored twice in City’s 3-1 away victory against Leeds United on December 28. He had previously held the record of seven games held by Sunderland’s Kevin Phillips and had scored 20 goals in just 14 outings. Haaland surpassed the top scorers from the previous season, Mohamed Salah and Son Heung-min, who both scored 23 league goals over the course of the entire campaign, on January 22, 2023, when he scored his fourth hat-trick against Wolverhampton Wanderers, giving him a total of 25 Premier League goals in just 19 games.
Haaland tied Lionel Messi and Luiz Adriano on March 14 for the most goals scored in a single Champions League game with five goals against RB Leipzig. In doing so, he also reached 39 goals in all competitions, breaking Tommy Johnson’s previous City record of 38 goals in the 1928–1929 season for most goals in a single season. He was also one of just three players—along with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo—to net at least 10 goals throughout multiple Champions League campaigns.
Haaland scored his sixth hat-trick of the year during Manchester City’s FA Cup match against Burnley, passing the 40-goal milestone across all competitions. Haaland broke Ruud van Nistelrooy and Mohamed Salah’s previous record of 44 goals in all competitions in a season by scoring his 45th goal in the Premier League during Manchester City’s quarterfinal game against Bayern Munich. Haaland scored his 33rd Premier League goal on April 26 during a 4-1 victory over Arsenal in the 29th game of the season, passing Mohamed Salah and falling one goal short of Alan Shearer and Andy Cole, who set their marks when there were 42 games in a season.
Haaland has played for Norway and has done so at different age levels. Against Scotland on March 27, 2018, Haaland scored three goals in a 5-4 victory for the Norway under-19 team, ensuring his nation’s qualifying for the 2018 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. In the tournament finalists’ 1-1 draw against Italy on July 22, 2018, Haaland converted a penalty. Haaland contributed nine goals to Norway’s under-20 team’s 12-0 victory over Honduras on May 30 at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Lublin, Poland. Both Norway’s biggest U-20 victory and Honduras’ largest U-20 loss in history occurred in this game. In addition, Haaland set a new U-20 World Cup record for the most goals scored by a single player in a game. The outcome was also the largest victory for any team in the tournament’s history. Haaland earned the Golden Boot as the tournament’s best scorer despite the fact that the Norwegians were eliminated in the group stage and he failed to score in any other games.
Haaland was qualified to represent England because he was born in Leeds, but manager Gareth Southgate claimed the player preferred to represent Norway. On August 28, 2019, manager Lars Lagerbäck chose Haaland for the Norway senior team roster in advance of their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying matches against Sweden and Malta. He made his senior national team debut against Malta on September 5, 2019. Haaland scored his first goal for Norway’s senior team on September 4, 2020, in a 1-2 loss to Austria in the UEFA Nations League B for 2020–21. He scored twice in a 5-1 triumph over Northern Ireland three days later. In Norway’s 4-0 victory over Romania in a Nations League B match on October 11, Haaland scored his first hat-trick for his country, giving him six goals overall in six games for the senior side.
Haaland scored five goals in three World Cup qualifying games during the September 2021 international break, including a second hat-trick for Norway in a 5-1 victory over Gibraltar.
Haaland is a prolific scorer who is considered as one of the top players in the world. He possesses all the qualities of a full-fledged center-forward. His substantial build helps him hold plays up and engage others. He can dribble, create, and finish with both feet and his head because to his quickness and deft movements. He frequently dives for the ball to help his team develop plays before turning and running toward the goal. He frequently makes an effort to pass the ball to a teammate. He can be aware enough to turn on the ball and make plays from a forward-facing position since he occasionally approaches too deep for the defenders to follow him. He makes rapid, inconspicuous moves in the penalty area to spot openings for a teammate to try to find him in space, making him very difficult for defenders to read.
When playing with his back to the goal, he makes good use of his body to protect the ball while attempting to control it. He can use his strength to maintain possession when under pressure, which is useful for providing his team’s defenders some breathing room following a clearance. When Haaland drifts into the left inside channel, his inventiveness is most obvious. Although getting a shot off is always his main goal, he also has the vision and ability to spot a centre-midfield run that has been delayed. His quick ball movement also facilitates others’ creation, particularly during counterattacks.
Zlatan Ibrahimovi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of Haaland’s heroes, although he also looks up to Michu, Jamie Vardy, Sergio Agüero, and Robin van Persie. He also lists Virgil van Dijk and Sergio Ramos as two of the toughest defenders he has faced.
Haaland is the child of former Norwegian football player Alfie Haaland and former women’s heptathlete Gry Marita Braut. Haaland stated that “the dream is to win the Premier League with Leeds” in an interview with the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten in 2017. He is related to professional football players Jonatan Braut Brunes and Albert Tjand.
Haaland practices meditation regularly.
2016 saw the release of “Kygo jo,” a song by Haaland and his fellow Norwegian U-17 teammates Erik Botheim and Erik Tobias Sandberg. On YouTube, the song has received millions of views.
Erling Haaland has never been wed. He is also not dating anyone. Currently, the player is focused on advancing his club football career.
The professional footballer from England is only 191 pounds (87 kg) tall and 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) long. The athlete follows a rigid diet and exercise schedule to keep his physique in shape.
Erling Haaland is a prolific goal scorer who is renowned for his speed, outstanding athleticism, and finishing skills. Die-hard supporters have given him the moniker “The Terminator” due to his adaptable strategy and abilities.
In 2023, Erling Haaland will have a net worth of $12 million (£9 million). He was recently bought by Manchester City after a €60 million (£51.2 million) releaser clause was triggered. Haaland presently receives a £19.5 million yearly pay. He receives extra compensation through endorsement contracts.