Many questioned if Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski would continue to score that many goals once they left Germany’s Bundesliga. And if the first few weeks are any indication, then one can be reassured that both have taken their scoring boots with them to their new clubs and leagues.
Erling Haaland has set the English Premier League on fire, while Robert Lewandowski has done the same in the Spanish LaLiga.
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The goal monster – Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland is a phenomenon and at only 22 years of age, he could go on to break a number of goal scoring records in the years to come.
This was the reason why a number of clubs across Europe were interested in signing him this summer, knowing that Borussia Dortmund could only demand a maximum of 75 million Euros for him as per contract, but a number of interested clubs were put off by the high demands for salary and his management.
Haaland in the end signed for Manchester City this summer for an unconfirmed fee of 60 million Euros plus add ons, which Dortmund hope to cash in on.
And Haaland’s start in England has been impressive to say the least. After being ridiculed for not scoring against Liverpool FC in the FA Community Shield, Haaland has impressed with 11 goals after only seven matches including two back-to-back hattricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.
And in the UEFA Champions League, Haaland has three goals from two games to his name. Especially the acrobatic 2-1 winner against former side Borussia Dortmund has impressed one and all. Many compared it to a goal from the legendary Johan Cruyff or one from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The quest for the UEFA Champions League title has become more realistic for Manchester City and their head coach Pep Guardiola after the arrival of Erling Haaland.
The Cityzens fans will hope to see the coveted trophy finally come to the other side of Manchester.
The goal machine – Robert Lewandowski
The 34-year-old Robert Lewandowski this summer fulfilled his dream of playing in Spain by joining Catalan giants FC Barcelona. After eight very successful years at FC Bayern Munich, Lewandowski wanted one final challenge and he is having that Barca, who are in rebuilding mode.
But getting that transfer through wasn’t easy as initially Bayern Munich did not want to released their top striker and then demanded a high transfer fee. In the end Barca agreed to pay 45 million Euros.
And this new FC Barcelona under Xavi is showing that they will be a force to reckon with, not only in LaLiga but also in the UEFA Champions League.
Robert Lewandowski after not scoring in the opener against Rayo Vallecano has been amongst the goals in the following six games, scoring eight times in total.
In the UEFA Champions League, he impressed with an opening day hattrick against Viktoria Plzen but against his former club Bayern Munich, he unusually misfired, leaving multiple good opportunities unused with the Bavarians winning the match 2-0 in the end.
But this is just the start to the season, so Lewandowski will get more chances to score.
Two record chasing strikers
For Erling Haaland and Robert Lewandowski, the season has just started and many more goals will come, if they both stay injury free.
Erling Haaland will have to watch the 2022 FIFA World Cup from the side lines, but Robert Lewandowski has the chance to score more goals for his native Poland at the international level.
It remains exciting to follow the exploits of these two exceptional strikers!