Erling Haaland was on target again for Manchester City as the Premier League champion played out an eight-goal thriller away at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. The Norwegian striker commented on his second goal in the match, which raised some eyebrows among fans.
Haaland scored a brace against Chelsea. He scored a penalty in the first half of the game and in the second half, he converted a cross from Julian Alvarez to score his second of the game. The second goal grabbed the spotlight as Haaland ran and dragged the ball into the net with the help of his groin region.
The unconventional finish was a topic of discussion in the post-match interview with Via Play. Haaland commented on the goal by stating: “I have never scored with my balls before. So that is a milestone.” The unconventional goal was matched by an unconventional statement by the Norwegian, who took his tally to 13 goals in 12 Premier League games.
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Erling Haaland is back in form with nine goals in his last six games for Manchester City in all competitions. There were some doubts about his performances in the second season in the Premier League when he went on a four-match-goalless run at the start of October. However, he has since silenced his critics, including Pep Guardiola, with four man-of-the-match performances in the last five matches.
Throwback to Cristiano Ronaldo when he used his balls to score a goal
Erling Haaland isn’t the only one in the Premier League who is known for unconventional finishes. During his first stint with Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a similar goal where he used his groin region effectively to get on the scoresheet.
In front of a packed Old Trafford stadium back in the 2007-08 season, Ronaldo converted the cross from the right wing by shifting his groin toward the goal. The Portuguese superstar was successful in his attempt and was amused by his finish. There wasn’t any post-match comment on the finish, but fans of the Portuguese superstar always mention this goal while breaking down his career goals.
The Penis goal by Cristiano Ronaldo
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2007-08 was a successful season for Ronaldo. He scored 42 goals in 49 matches and provided eight assists in all competitions. The Portuguese scored 31 goals in 34 matches in the Premier League alone and among those goals, this groin finish has become part of the soccer culture.
It is unclear whether Erling Haaland knows that Ronaldo has scored a similar goal from his groin, but it is safe to assume that Haaland will try to score another goal with his groin to beat Cristiano Ronaldo in another goal-scoring record.