Erling Braut Haland made history by becoming the first player in the history of the Under-20 World Cup to score nine goals in Norway’s victory against Honduras that ended with a 12-0 result in the biggest win ever seen in the competition.
The 18-year-old striker – who is 19 on July 21 – is of Norwegian nationality, a selection he represents and with which he is concentrated in Poland competing in the Under-20 World Cup, but was born in Leeds, England.
This circumstance is due to the fact that in the UK his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, played for more than 10 years in clubs such as Notthingham Forest, Manchester City or Leeds, which led him to add more than 181 matches in Premier League acting as midfielder or right back.
The Norwegian is also remembered for one of the most memorable controversies in the history of the Premier, the one he had with Roy Keane who started in a match at Manchester United and Leeds in 1997, when the Irishman broke the anterior cruciate ligament in a cross with Haland.
Four years later, in a ‘Derby of Manchester’, Keane took revenge seriously injuring Haland after a hard entrance which he said not to regret years later: “There are things that I regret in my life and that is not one of them “, explained in his biography ‘The second half’.
Therefore, the young Haland is fond of Leeds, club with which he has confessed that he would like to win the Premier League, he said in an interview with ‘Aftenposten’, a Norwegian newspaper: “My dream is to win the Premier with the Leeds, and my goal is also to become a better player than my father was. “
In fact, the great English teams already had scouts on top of their development. Manchester United, for example, continued its evolution with Molde while under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. In one of those games, Haland scored four goals against Brann, the then leader of the league, in just 17 minutes.
Even so, it was the RB Salzburg who managed to hire him from Norway last January in exchange for five million euros.
Now, Halad is history with its nine goals against Honduras and is two of the historic record of goals scored by the same player in the World Cup competition, registered by Saviola with 11 points in 2001 and only one separates him from the ten of the Brazilian Adailton. 1997