Bundesliga Has scored 11 goals in his first 12 games
Whilst Robert Lewandowski may well be set to break Gerd Muller’s record of 40 goals in a single Bundesliga season, Erling Haaland has outperformed almost all of the division’s biggest stars since he arrived in the country during the January transfer window.
Not only has the former RB Salzburg outperformed the current generation of Bundesliga forwards, but his record with legendary figures of the league is also positive.
“We haven’t had a footballer with his profile since [Robert] Lewandowski left,” explained teammate Marco Reus.
Haaland has played in 12 Bundesliga matches since leaving Austria and the praise of his teammate is justified, scoring 11 league goals in those matches as well as two in the Champions League tie against Paris Saint-Germain.
He has a scoring average of 0.91 goals per game, and this is unrivalled throughout history, although the comparison with previous legends would be unfair as they played far more minutes.
Gerd Muller himself played at Bayern Munich between 1965 and 1979 and scored 365 goals in 427 matches, and is the Bundesliga’s all-time leading scorer.
In his first 12 matches in Bundesliga he scored ten goals, which is actually one less than Haaland has, and it took the Norwegian far less minutes either, having only played 793 in contrast to Muller’s 1,080 minutes.
Adi Preissler is the club’s all-time leading scorer with 174 goals, but his career preceded the creation of the Bundesliga in its current form.
In this league system, the leading scorer in Dortmund’s history is Manfred Burgsmuller, who netted 135 goals.
He only scored two in the first 12 matches, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored seven in his first dozen appearances in the German top flight.
Lewandowski himself didn’t even reach the heights set by Haaland, scoring only four goals in his first 12 Bundesliga matches.
Klaus Fisher is second on the all-time scoring list in the Bundesliga and scored just five goals in his opening 12 matches, whilst Miroslav Klose only scored one.