There’s a practice among footballers to bring the match ball home after they have scored a hat trick in a game. Well, Norway’s hottest young talent Erling Håland has already netted in five hat tricks this season with ease, and takes the match balls along to sleep.
The 19 year old is making his presence felt across competitions. The Red Bull Salzburg forward is the current top scorer in the Austrian Bundesliga with 15 goals, and is also leading the scoreboard in the UEFA Champions League with 7 goals, one more than the Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski. He ha also secured five hat tricks.
The teenager, who made his international debut against Malta back in September, has been a regular starter under Lars Lagerbäck as Norway is playing the 2020 Euro Qualifiers. In a recent interview in Oslo, the young striker grabbed all the media’s attention.
Speaking to Norwegian news outlet Dagbladet, Håland was asked about his consistent trios, to which he replied: “They lie in bed and I sleep well with them. I look at them every day. The best thing is to score goals.”
Håland has five match balls for his club, three in the Austrian Bundesliga, one from Austrian Cup in a 7-1 win against ESV Parndorf ,and one from the Champions League match against Genk, where the Die Mozartstädter dominated with a 6-2 victory.
“In Salzburg there are five. They are my girlfriends,” the young attacker added.
Håland’s fifth triplet came in Sunday’s 3-0 rout of Wolfsberg, and the striker will be starting in the European qualifiers against Faroe Island on Friday.