Most of the time the records are broken by small margins, reduced over the years to a new benchmark somewhat similar to the previous one.

But not the records belonging to Erling Haaland who has spent this season erasing them beyond any recognizable form.

By scoring in Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Southampton on Saturday, Haaland broke another record, becoming the fastest player to score 15 goals in the English Premier League.

Previously, former Manchester United and Newcastle United striker Andy Cole held the record, taking 15 games to reach that benchmark. Haaland only needed nine.

With those 15 goals, Haaland has already equaled City’s league top scorer – Kevin de Bruyne – of his 2021/22 season, while he has now scored 20 goals in 13 games for City in all competitions since his arrival. from Borussia Dortmund this summer. .

“It’s amazing, we often use phrases like that and it’s hyperbole,” former Scotland winger Pat Nevin told the BBC.

“But it’s not with Erling Haaland. It is quite ridiculous. No one can name someone like him. His physique, his ridiculous pace, his sense of purpose – it’s extraordinary.”

Following that dominance and his hat-trick against Manchester United last weekend – his third hat-trick in a row – opposition fans have jokingly launched a petition to ban him ‘because it’s just not fair’ .

Haaland set such high standards for himself that scoring just one goal in a game actually lowered his goalscoring rate from 1.75 to 1.67 per game.

“I’m so mad at him,” Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola joked after the Southampton game, according to ESPN FC.

“He hasn’t scored three goals which is why the petition to dismiss him from the Premier League will not happen.”

City’s victory over Southampton propelled them top of the table for the first time this season, and they remain the only unbeaten team in England’s top four divisions.

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