Erling Haaland feeling the pressure as boyhood dream comes into sights with Man City
Erling Haaland is relishing the pressure of finally realising his boyhood dream of winning the Champions League and securing the treble for Manchester City.
For Haaland, there is no better stage than Europe's elite club competition to showcase his prodigious scoring pedigree, the striker having plundered 35 goals in just 29 games. Ever since he watched Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 final in Moscow, as a seven-year-old dreaming of playing on the same stage, the Champions League has held a special place in Haaland's heart.
He scored a hat-trick on his debut in the tournament for RB Salzburg and reached 20 goals from just 14 games, a better strike rate than Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe. This season he is averaging a goal every 63 minutes in the competition, with 12 in total for City including five in a 7-0 win over RB Leipzig back in March.
Haaland racked up a record 36 goals in the Premier League this season to help Pep Guardiola's side make it a third straight domestic title and a fifth in six years. But the Champions League is the one prize Haaland and City covet the most,