Erling Haaland breaks Manchester United’s Champions League record

Erling Haaland scored his 30th goal in the Champions League during Manchester City’s meeting with RB Leipzig on Tuesday, becoming the youngest player in the history of the tournament to score this number.

The previous record was held by former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored 30 goals in his first 34 matches.

This speed was completely annihilated by Haaland, who reached 30 in just 25 matches.

Van Nistelrooy wasn’t the only United legend who saw his record surpass Haaland’s. With 30 goals, Haaland equaled the career tally posted by Wayne Rooney, who scored his final goal in 84 of 85 matches in the competition.

To keep records running low, Haaland also became the youngest player to score 30 Champions League goals.

At 22 years, 236 days, Haaland took the title from rival Kylian Mbappe, who turned 30 in 22 years, 352 days.

On Haaland’s sights now will be the record-breaking 40 Champions League goals.

Van Nistelrooy holds the record for being the fastest player to reach this milestone, having achieved this in 45 matches, 14 fewer than Mbappe, who achieved 40 in his 59 appearances.

Mbappe remains the youngest player at the age of 40, having achieved this at 23 years, 317 days.

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