Erling Haaland’s scoring record for Norway is ‘absolutely insane’, admits Martin Odegaard after Dortmund forward’s 12th goal in 15 games with hat-trick against Gibraltar as Arsenal star insists: ‘We’re lucky to have him’
- Erling Haaland was at it again for Norway as he blitzed hat-trick against Gibraltar
- It took his international tally to 12 goals in 15 games as superb career continues
- Norway team-mate Martin Odegaard was left gushing at Haaland’s record
- He called his goalscoring return ‘insane’ and said Norway were lucky to have him
Norway star Martin Odegaard has waxed lyrical about his international team-mate Erling Haaland after he continued his remarkable scoring record for the team with a hat-trick against Gibraltar.
The Dortmund striker, seen as one of the hottest prospects in world football, is racking up the goals at an alarming rate, with six strikes in five games for his club already this season, and he didn’t stop there after heading off for international duty.
His treble against Gibraltar took his record to 12 goals in 15 games for Norway, staking his claim as one of the most prolific international scorers at his age in recent memory. He had already scored twice in the two previous games – netting against both Latvia and Holland, and his efforts left Arsenal’s Odegaard blown away.
Erling Haaland continued his stunning goalscoring form with a hat-trick against Gibraltar
His Norway team-mate Martin Odegaard (R) called his international record ‘absolutely insane’
‘The numbers speak for themselves,’ he told Norwegian outlet NRK.
‘There’s not much more to say, really. It’s absolutely insane. We are lucky to have him, and it’s just taking off his hat.
‘I would say that he is right up there among the biggest. Again, the numbers speak for themselves. He does not stand back for anyone. We are lucky to have him.’
Haaland, still just 21, is being courted by some of the biggest clubs in Europe and will reportedly be available for just £64million when his release clause activates in January, with Manchester United and Real Madrid said to be the front runners.
He looked likely to leave the German outfit – who he has scored a total of 63 goals for in just 64 games – with Chelsea linked with a swoop before they opted for Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku, but Haaland reaffirmed his commitment to the Bundesliga outfit instead.
Odegaard believes Norway are ‘lucky’ to have Haaland as he goes from strength to strength
The Dortmund forward has been in sensational form for his club too, with six goals in five
‘I have a contract for a couple of fine years, so I am respectful towards my contract,’ Haaland said earlier this summer.
It was a great campaign for him personally as he finished with 27 goals and the German Cup to boot, and is now intent on carrying on his goalscoring exploits and winning more silverware.
‘It was really important [to qualify for the Champions League],’ he added.
‘I am a simple guy. When I like something I just want to have more. When I score a goal, I always chase the next goal.
‘I have big dreams. I just won my first major trophy and it was a great feeling. I want to win more.’