Haaland Makes History With Champions League Hat Trick

Erling Haaland with Manchester City in October 2022.
Erling Haaland of Manchester City in October 2022. Photo by Javier Garcia/Shutterstock (13428999gy)

Manchester City striker Erling Haaland made history on Tuesday night as he scored five goals to hand his team a 7-0 victory over RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 to win 8-1 on aggregate. He became just the third player in history to score five goals in a single Champions League game.

Haaland not only joins Luis Adriano and Lionel Messi as the third player to achieve this honor but also becomes just the second player behind Messi to score five goals in a single Champions League knockout game.

Now with 39 goals for the season, Haaland broken Manchester City’s club record for most goals in a single season. The previous record of 38 goals was set by Tommy Johnson in 1928-29.

“It’s a big night. Firstly, I’m proud to play in this competition, I love it. Five goals. To win 7-0 is amazing,” Haaland said after the game. “My super strength is scoring goals. Should I be honest? A lot of goals today, I didn’t think. I was just trying to get it into the back of the net.”