FOOTBALL: Haaland ties Ronaldo’s Premier League record with just eight games

Cristiano Ronaldo is understandably angry after Manchester United lost 3-6 to Manchester City

Cris­tiano Ronal­do is under­stand­ably angry after Man­ches­ter Unit­ed lost 3–6 to Man­ches­ter City.

And he will be even more upset to learn that City new­com­er Arlene Haa­land has tied one of his goalscor­ing records in just eight games.

Haa­land scored his third Pre­mier League hat-trick in Sun­day’s derby.

As a result, in the Pre­mier League hat-trick rank­ing, he is tied with Ronal­do three times each.

But it took him 232 games to reach that number.

He scored his first hat-trick of the sea­son against Crys­tal Palace and a week lat­er against Not­ting­ham Forest.

Haa­land got off to a phe­nom­e­nal start to the sea­son by becom­ing the first play­er to score three con­sec­u­tive goals at home.

He is also the fastest play­er to score three hat-tricks in the Pre­mier League (behind Michael Owen in 48 games).

Haa­land scored a hat-trick along­side Phil Foden to break the all-time record for goals scored in a Man­ches­ter derby.

Lean­dro Trossard was the only play­er to score three goals this week­end and his hat-trick almost helped Brighton win their first match since the Gra­ham Pot­ter era.

Ronal­do was not used in today’s game, but Erik Ten Hag gave a strange expla­na­tion as to why the strik­er was not used.

As the 37-year-old looked on in anger, the Dutch coach said he had kept Ronal­do “out of respect for his great career”.

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