Erling Haaland becomes the fastest player to 40 Champions League Goals

The Norwegian scores his 40th in the Champions League goal to help Man City make a comeback and register a 3-2 win over RB Leipzig on Tuesday.

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Erling Haaland becomes the fastest player to 40 Champions League Goals

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It just took him 35 matches to reach the figure. That's 10 quicker than previous record holder Ruud van Nistelrooy who needed 45 appearances to hit the figure. Kylian Mbappe is the third fastest, taking 59 matches. Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski reached the mark after playing 61 games each.

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This was the 12th time Haaland has scored against RB Leipzig. Haaland's goal helped overturn a two-goal deficit after a Lois Openda brace gave the visitors the half-time advantage.

Haaland's goal, followed by sweet finishes from Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez, means Man City top Group G with a game to spare after reaching the last 16 of the Champions League for the 11th successive season.

Erling Haaland's five goals puts him joint first in the race for the Golden Boot in the ongoing Champions League 2023-24 season, alongside Alvaro Morata and Rasmus Hojlund.

Fastest to 40 Champions League Goals:

35: Haaland

45: Van Nistelrooy

59: Mbappe

61: Messi

61: Lewandowski

65: Neymar

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