Erling Haaland thanked Paris Saint-Germain hat-trick hero Kylian Mbappe for inspiring him to score a double for Borussia Dortmund when they beat Sevilla in the Champions League (UCL) earlier this morning.
Haaland did not stop scoring in the European elite club by scoring two goals in the first half as Dortmund won 3-2 in the first leg of the round of 16 – recording 18 goals from 13 UCL appearances.
The 20-year-old has scored 41 goals in 42 games in all competitions since joining the German club from the Austrian team, Salzburg, in 2019.
Despite being linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City, his outstanding performance was not affected by staying prolific ahead of goal.
After watching Mbappe humiliate Barcelona as PSG won 4-1 at the Camp Nou yesterday, Haaland used the French star’s extraordinary performance as motivation for him to score.
“Very good when scoring. I love UCL and when I saw Mbappe scoring a hat-trick yesterday, I got motivated, so thank him.
“I saw Mbappe’s action yesterday, he scored a beautiful goal and I got free spirit from him,” he said.
Scoring his 10th goal from seven appearances with Dortmund at UCL, Haaland became the fastest player to record that number in the history of the tournament by surpassing Roy Makaay’s previous record, scoring 10 goals from 10 appearances with Bayern Munich in the 2003-04 season.
Haaland also became the fifth player to record double goals in three consecutive UCL matches to join Filippo Inzaghi, Giovane Elber, Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo – Ronaldo did it three times in different seasons.