May 2 – Manchester City’s Norwegian striker Erling Haaland hit a new landmark at the weekend when he became the first player in England’s top flight for almost a century to score a staggering 50 goals in all competitions in the same season.
Not since Tom Waring achieved the feat for Aston Villa in 1931 has anyone managed such a prolific tally.
Haaland’s penalty in a 2-1 win at Fulham moved Manchester City to the top of the Premier League on Sunday, displacing Arsenal who had been there for most of the season.
Haaland’s goal also saw him tie Alan Shearer and Andy Cole’s joint record of 34 goals in a Premier League campaign. Both of those players reached their totals in 42-game seasons, while Haaland’s haul has come in a still unfinished 38-game campaign.
Haaland also needed just 30 games to reach 34 goals. “He is a gift to all of us,” City manager Pep Guardiola of his goal machine.
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