Football: Erling Haaland, unstoppable scorer and Golden Boy 2020

Norwegian Borussia Dortmund Erling Haaland celebrating a goal against Werder Bremen on February 22, 2020. AP - Peter Steffen

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Erling Haaland was named Golden Boy by the Italian magazine Tuttosport.

This prize, which rewards the best player under 21 playing in Europe, goes to the Norwegian who has been putting on goals like pearls for a year and a half.

The striker has also "celebrated" this trophy by planting four more goals with Borussia Dortmund against Hertha Berlin (5-2).


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Since 2003, the Italian magazine

Tuttosport has

awarded the Golden Boy, a special prize which rewards the most talented player under 21 playing in Europe.

A sort of antechamber to the Ballon d'Or, specially dedicated to emerging talents, even if winning the Golden Boy is not the guarantee of achieving an exemplary career afterwards.

There are the great successes (Wayne Rooney in 2004, Lionel Messi in 2005, Sergio Agüero in 2007 ...) and the slightly more mixed courses (Rafael van der Vaart in 2003, Anderson in 2008, Alexandre Pato in 2009. .).

The future will indicate in which category Erling Braut Haaland falls.

After Kylian Mbappé in 2017, Matthijs de Ligt in 2018 and Joao Félix in 2019, the Norwegian is the winner for 2020.

🤩 Golden Boy 2020: Erling Haaland!

- Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 21, 2020

Dazzling progress in a year and a half

In this year 2020, shaken up by the coronavirus pandemic, there were still a lot of people to seek this trophy.

Among the favorites were the Spanish striker of Bissau-Guinean origin

Ansu Fati

(FC Barcelona), the new French prodigy

Eduardo Camavinga

(Rennes), as well as the Canadian defender Alphonso Davies (Bayern Munich).

Serious candidates who were however beaten by Erling Haaland.

In the space of a year and a half, the Norwegian has made a name and a reputation.

At the start of the 2019-2020 season, he was a young 19-year-old who crushed everything in his path to the under-known Austrian league, with RB Salzburg.

From the height of his 1.94m, with his physique of mover, Erling Haaland then attracted attention and recruiters.

Borussia Dortmund, fond of promising young players with great potential, hit the jackpot by attracting the striker in January 2020 for 20 million euros.

An investment that the BVB has not had to regret.

Because even at a more demanding level, Haaland has not changed his habits: to score, to score, to score again, to always score.

Bayern Munich defender Jérôme Boateng and Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

© AP - Martin Meissner

The future looks bright

Whether in the Champions League or the Bundesliga, the international has chained goals at an infernal pace, increasing in the process his popularity and the promises of a bright future that accompany it.

The Ruhr club did not win anything, but its No. 9 hit the screen.

And since the start of the 2020-2021 fiscal year, Erling Haaland has still not changed the chorus.

This Saturday, November 21, hours after learning that he was named Golden Boy 2020 (an award he will receive on December 14 in Turin, Italy), the striker went on a rampage during Borussia's game on the pitch. from Hertha Berlin.

BVB won 5-2 away from home with a… quadrupled signed Erling Haaland.


I woke up this morning with a great surprise, and I end this day with four goals and a great victory,

 " jubilated the serial scorer on social networks, author of 31 goals in 30 appearances for the Dortmund jersey.

The Norwegian tornado has not finished martyring the defenses.

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A post shared by Erling Braut Haaland (@ erling.haaland)


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