Soccer’s hottest young striker scored the 8th hat-trick of his career to put him in touching distance of some of the game’s greats

  • Erling Braut Haaland scored the eighth hat-trick of his fledgling career as Norway spent aside Romania on Sunday night.
  • Just four more hat-tricks, and the 20-year-old will enter an elite group of only nine players to have hit 12 or more career hat-tricks.
  • "It's unfair to compare players, but I've never had a striker who has been as far ahead as him," Norway coach Lars Lagerback said, according to Goal.
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Erling Braut Haaland scored the eighth hat-trick of his fledgling career on Sunday night as Norway spent aside Romania in the UEFA Nations League.

The 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund star put his country ahead after just 13 minutes when he slid Martin Odegaard's beautiful through ball under the legs of Romania keeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

Alexander Sorloth doubled Norway's advantage just before half time, before Haaland sealed the emphatic win with a second half brace.

Norway coach Lars Lagerback said of Haaland after his side's win, according to Goal: "He is still very young. It's unfair to compare players, but I've never had a striker who has been as far ahead as him. 

"He holds a high international class. But if you wait a little longer, I will compare with other players."

Haaland has now scored 51 goals in his last 48 games for club and country. 

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