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Erling Haaland stunned his manager with the most astounding statistic from his season-setting performance for Manchester City.

The 22-year-old Haaland’s penalty against Fulham in the third minute marked his 50th goal of the season across all competitions.

The Norwegian forward’s penalty kick allowed him to surpass Clive Allen’s record of 49 goals for Tottenham set in 1986–1987.

Since Tom ‘Pongo’ Waring reached 50 goals for Aston Villa in 1930–1931, when Ramsay MacDonald was the UK prime minister, Haaland has now scored the most goals by a top-flight player in 92 years.

“Prime Minister Winston Churchill before him? Wow. Guardiola’s response upon hearing the most recent Haaland-related figure was, “Sounds like a long time ago.

“Erling deserves congratulations. The ideal objectives to assist us in achieving what we want are still there to be found.

“I was very impressed with his strong mentality in accepting the penalty.”

In just 44 games, Haaland has scored 34 goals in the Premier League, 12 goals in the Champions League, three goals in the FA Cup, and one goal in the Carabao Cup.

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