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One of the most promising young football stars, Earling Holland, has already written his name in gold letters in the history of the game.

Hollande was born to Borussia Dortmund on 21 July 2000 in Leeds, United Kingdom, when his father Alf-Ingle Holland played for Manchester City after leaving Leeds United in the English Premier League.

The 20-year-old, Norway’s younger generation hero, has become an unprecedented player whose international fame has grown worldwide.

Heland became the youngest player to score 20 goals in the tournament, scoring twice against Spain’s Sevilla in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

He participated in only 14 games and scored 20 goals, defeating Polish Robert Lewandowski, Argentine Lionel Messi and Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.

Prior to the age of 21, Holland scored 19 goals and equaled Frenchman Qian Maleppé. He went on to become the highest-scoring Norwegian player in UEFA Champions League history, as well as his compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskar.

In the first leg against Sevilla, Holland became the fastest player to score 10 goals for a team in the competition.

With this feat, the Norwegian star broke Dutch legend Roy Macaé’s record for Bayern Munich Germany in 10 matches during the 2003–2004 season.

The striker became the fifth player in Champions League history to score two goals in three consecutive matches, followed by Italian Filippo Inzagi, Brazilian Giovane Elber and Ronaldo, three times and Lewandowski.

In the 2019–2020 season, Holland was the first teenager to score in the first UEFA Champions League games. He inadvertently won the 2020 Golden Boy Award.

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For an interesting statistic, Holland scored nine goals for Norway against Honduras in a U-20 World Cup match in May 2019. The match, where Honduras ended with just nine men on the field, ended 12–0.

Broke a world record of almost 60 meters in a Champions League match

At the age of 20, he has scored more goals than some of the stalwarts in the UEFA Champions League, such as Brazilian Ronaldo Nazario, Frenchman Zinedine Zidan and German Miroslav Klaus.

The Borussia Dortmund star became the German Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal, as well as the club’s first player to score in the game for the first time in the Champions League.

During a Champions League match against Paris Saint Germain of France on February 18, 2020, Norway’s surprise boy covered the 60-meter green field in 6.64 seconds, just 0.3 seconds ahead of the world record.

When he set the USATF Indoor Championships 2018 in New Mexico, the record is 6.34 seconds set by American sprinter Christian Coleman.

Holland arrived in the Bundesliga when Dortmund bought him from Austrian Red Bull Salzburg in early January 2020 at a transfer fee of € 20 million ($ 23 million).

After scoring 29 goals in 27 matches for his former club RB Salzburg, Haland maintained his impressive performance for Borussia Dortmund.

He has produced 47 goals and 11 assists in 47 games so far in all competitions for the 2020–2021 season.

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