Haaland bagged a brace in the 4-0 win away to Sevilla on Tuesday, his 25th in the competition after just 20 games with City, Borussia Dortmund and RB Salzburg. The 22-year-old has scored on his debut in the competition with each of his clubs and after scoring had a goal-to-minute ratio of 54 minutes.
No player in history has scored 25 Champions League goals in fewer games than Haaland, who Cole compared to eight-time Olympic gold medal winner Bolt. “I don’t think we have ever seen a player like this,” Cole told BT Sport. “He reminds me of Usain Bolt, a man that big, moving that fast, it doesn’t seem right. He has got so much, he is exciting, and if he stays fit he will break all the records no doubt about it.”
Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch, on the panel with Cole, admitted he was jealous of the forward’s physicality. “They have the best striker in the world,” Crouch said. “I just love watching this man play, he bullies people. Watching him as a striker, I wish I had that kind of pace and strength to be honest. He is going to blow records away because [of] his movement, he doesn’t need to touch the ball. His strength, his athleticism and his pace is phenomenal to watch.”