Erling Haaland meets Lionel Messi to make it ninth in a row for Pep Guardiola

Erling Haaland’s double against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday, under Pep Guardiola’s guidance, saw Lionel Messi score the longest-ever goal.

The Norwegian has prevailed at Manchester City, scoring 17 goals in his last nine games, with three hat-tricks and at least one goal in every game.

Here, the PA news agency examines how Haaland compares to Messi, as well as the longest runs to date for Guardiola’s City side.

Lionel Messi

October to November 2010

Barcelona’s all-time top scorer scored 15 goals in nine games in October and November 2010.

He scored all of Barca’s goals in two 2-0 victories over Copenhagen and Real Zaragoza and, after skipping the cup game against struggling AD Ceuta, returned with another brace in a 5-0 win over Sevilla.

He scored in the return legs against Copenhagen and Ceuta, scored a league goal against Getafe, scored twice against Villarreal and a hat-trick in the 8-0 win over Almeria. Panathinaikos was his latest victim before a 5-0 Clasico win against Real Madrid, in which he settled for two assists.

February to March 2012

  • Bayer Leverkusen 1 Barcelona 3, February 14 – Messi 1
  • Barcelona 5 Valencia 1 Feb 19 – Messi 4
  • Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 2, February 26 – Messi 1
  • Barcelona 3 Sporting Gijon 1, March 3 – DNP
  • Barcelona 7 Bayer Leverkusen 1, March 7 – Messi 5
  • Racing Santander 0 Barcelona 2, March 11 – Messi 2
  • Sevilla 0 Barcelona 2, March 17 – Messi 1
  • Barcelona 5 Granada 3, March 20 – Messi 3
  • Mallorca 0 Barcelona 2, March 24 – Messi 1

If that 15-goal salvo seemed impressive, Messi scored a staggering 18 goals in eight games between February 14 and March 24, 2012.

He rounded off a 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen, added four goals in the 5-1 win over Valencia and scored the winner against Atletico Madrid before sitting out the win against Sporting Gijon.

He returned with five goals in the Champions League second leg against Leverkusen, adding two at Racing Santander and one at Sevilla before scoring a hat-trick in a 5-3 win over Granada. A goal against Mallorca ended his scoring streak ahead of a goalless draw with AC Milan.

Sergio Aguero

May to September 2019

Aguero has scored in seven straight games for City, the longest run of any Guardiola player apart from his tall compatriot.

The run began in City’s last Premier League game of 2018/19, a 4-1 win over Brighton before Aguero was a frustrated, unused substitute for Watford’s FA Cup final.

He opened the new season with a penalty against West Ham and scored against Tottenham before winning back-to-back doubles in victories against Bournemouth and Brighton.

He suffered a surprise 3-2 defeat by Norwich and watched the Champions League win against Shakhtar Donetsk from the bench before scoring his goal against Watford in an 8-0 win. A goalless substitute against Everton ended the fun.

Riyadh Mahrez

December 2021 to February 2022

Mahrez joined with Aguero in a run that included a trip to the Africa Cup of Nations.

He scored a Champions League consolation against RB Leipzig and was an unused substitute against Wolves before scoring in every game as City beat Leeds 7-0, Newcastle 4-0 and Leicester 6-3 over Christmas .

He scored against Arsenal before joining Algeria and returned with an FA Cup brace against Fulham and a fourth penalty in as many games against Brentford before being ruled out by Norwich.

Erling Haland

August to October 2022

The Norwegian scored in City’s comeback to a 3-3 draw with Newcastle and notched hat-tricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest before scoring against Aston Villa.

His form carried over into the Champions League, with two goals against Sevilla and one against his former club Borussia Dortmund.

Another followed against Wolves before the Manchester derby brought a third consecutive hat-trick at home in the league and he drew level with Messi by scoring twice against FC Copenhagen on Wednesday. Erling Haaland meets Lionel Messi to make it ninth in a row for Pep Guardiola

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