Haaland’s Bundesliga record-breaking career in numbers

How many Bundesliga games does it take to rewrite the top-flight record books? The answer is six, if you have the brute talent of Borussia Dortmund’s sensational striker Erling Haaland.

bundesilga.com breaks down the record-breaking start Dortmund’s teenage forward has made to his top-flight career in Germany.

23: In the time shorter than it takes most of us to eat our lunch, Haaland scored his first three Bundesliga goals. His 23-minute hat-trick on his debut against Augsburg saw him shoot down Joel Pohjanpalo’s relatively pedestrian half-hour to collect his opening three goals for Bayer Leverkusen with time to spare for dessert.

44: A goal every other game is a good ratio for a forward. Robert Lewandowski, the league’s leading scorer, has put the ball in the back of the net every 85 minutes this season. That’s out of this world. So, try to stay calm when you learn that Haaland ruffles the onion bag every 44 minutes. Bet Now on NaijaBet

1: Haaland was the seventh Bundesliga debutant to hit a hat-trick, but he was the first to do so after coming on as a substitute, emerging from the bench after 56 minutes at the WWK Arena.

2: Heard of Walter Bechtold? No, thought not, but he’s the only man younger than Haaland — at 19-and-a-half — to claim a Bundesliga hat-trick when he scored three in Eintracht Frankfurt’s game with Borussia Neunkirchen in 1965, seven years before even Erling’s father Alf-Inge was born!

5: Haaland followed up his epic Augsburg exploits with a brace in the following game against Cologne, making him the first player in Bundesliga history to score five goals in his opening two games.

7, 8 & 9: He’s also the first to score seven times in his first three matches, eight in his opening five and nine in his maiden six games. The only surprise is that he did not score at all in the 4-3 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on matchday 21, which was — ironically — the first full 90 minutes he played in the league.

56: Ex-BVB man Paco Alcacer took 72 minutes to score his first five Bundesliga goals. We all thought that was fast. Until Haaland came along, and smashed that mark out of the park by netting his No 5 in the win over Cologne on matchday 19 inside the hour mark.

77: Poor old Paco! Not only does he find Haaland filling his boots and then some at the Signal Iduna Park, he keeps seeing his name rubbed out of Bundesliga history by the Norwegian, too. The Spain international took 81 minutes to net his sixth Bundesliga goal. Guess what? Haaland was four minutes faster.

5: This is one Haaland might not extend all that much this season, but only because Lucien Favre will be making him one of the first names on the teamsheet… Haaland was eased into Bundesliga life by his boss, and netted five times off the bench, more than any other top-flight player in Germany this season.