Erling Haaland makes history by smashing Premier League’s long-standing record

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Manchester City’s Erling Haaland has made history by smashing Premier League’s long-standing held by Alan Shearer and Andrew Cole.

He smashed the all-time Premier League goal record after netting his 35th of the season in the 3-0 win over West Ham.

The Norwegian surpassed the shared record set by Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer of 34 goals in 1993/94 and 1994/95, respectively – both achieved nearly 30 years ago in 42-game seasons when the league was comprised of 22 teams.

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The 22-year-old still has five league games left to add to his record-breaking tally, and his current goal ratio of 1.26 per 90 minutes suggests he might complete the season with close to 41 goals.

The Norwegian striker has more goals this season than five Premier League clubs: Chelsea, Nottingham Forest, Wolves, Everton, and Southampton.

Haaland has four hat-tricks and is only one short of matching Harry Kane’s record of five in a single Premier League season.

Despite his last hat trick coming more than three months ago, against Wolves in January.

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In total, the Norway international has 51 goals in all competitions, surpassing Vic Watson and Pongo Waring’s 50-goal records set more than 90 years earlier. Only Dixie Dean’s all-time goal total of 63 from 1927/28 stands in his way.

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City would still have nine games left to play if they win the Champions League semi-finals against Real Madrid.

Based on his average goal rate across all competitions, Haaland would equal Dean’s record if he plays every minute and City defeats Real in both legs.

Haaland’s incredible performances are made all the more astounding by the fact that his Golden Boot total has been on the decline in recent years, failing to exceed 23 in the previous four seasons.

Mohamed Salah last surpassed the 30 goal barrier in 2017/18, during his first season at Anfield, when his 32 goals set a new record for a 38-game season.

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