Erling Haaland has surpassed Andy Cole’s milestone by 17 games, establishing himself as the quickest player to reach fifty goals in the Premier League.
The Norwegian prodigy marked his fiftieth league goal with a well-executed opener against Liverpool, achieving this feat in just 48 appearances since his £51m transfer to Manchester City in 2022.
This breaks the long-standing record held by Manchester United’s Andy Cole, who took 65 games to reach the same milestone.
At 23 years old, Erling Haaland now leads an illustrious group of strikers, surpassing the likes of Alan Shearer (66), Ruud van Nistelrooy (68), Fernando Torres, and Mohammed Salah (72).
In the previous season, Haaland set records for the highest number of goals in a 38-game season, netting an astonishing 36 times and playing a pivotal role in Manchester City’s Treble-winning campaign. Additionally, he contributed 12 goals in 11 Champions League appearances.
In the crucial match against Liverpool at the Etihad, Haaland opened the scoring with a goal brilliantly set up by Nathan Ake. Ake showcased his skill by bypassing two defenders before delivering the ball to Haaland at the edge of the area. The striker demonstrated composure, taking a touch to settle himself, another to free his feet, and then finishing skillfully past Alisson with the third touch.
Despite Erling Haaland’s record-breaking achievement, it’s noteworthy that his tally includes penalties, unlike Andy Cole, who never took spot-kicks. Nevertheless, this detail doesn’t diminish Haaland’s accomplishment in the eyes of the Norwegian or Manchester City fans, who eagerly anticipate witnessing the striker’s continued dominance in the Premier League.
Looking ahead, Haaland is likely to target the next milestone – becoming the fastest player to reach 100 goals in the Premier League. The current record holder, Alan Shearer, achieved this feat in just 124 appearances.
In the match against Liverpool, Man City faced a setback as Trent Alexander-Arnold ensured his side secured a point against the formidable opponent.