“The best”: Alan Shearer responds as Man City sensation Erling Haaland smashes his Premier League goalscoring record

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Erling Haaland has shattered the record for most goals scored in a single Premier League season.

Erling Haaland just cannot stop smashing records. After scoring his 35th league goal for Manchester City this season, the Norwegian superstar has broken Alan Shearer and Andy Cole’s joint previous record for most goals scored in a single Premier League season.

Haaland’s phenomenal tally reached record-breaking status against West Ham United on Wednesday night, as he contributed to Man City’s 3-0 win to keep them on track to win the league title. His teammates gave him a guard of honour after the match to celebrate his historic performance. What’s more, Haaland still has five fixtures left to add even more goals to his portfolio as well.

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Alan Shearer responds to Erling Haaland breaking his record

The board at the Etihad shows Erling Haaland’s record-breaking statThe board at the Etihad shows Erling Haaland’s record-breaking stat
The board at the Etihad shows Erling Haaland’s record-breaking stat | AFP via Getty Images

Straight after the whistle blew, Shearer took to social media to applaud Haaland’s achievement and paid him the ultimate compliment. When both Shearer and Cole set the previous record, they had an extra four matches to play due to there being 22 teams in the top flight — Haaland has pipped the tally in just 31.

Gary Lineker initially posted: “A Premier League record for @ErlingHaaland. 35 goals. That’s nuts. Thoughts are with @alanshearer at this difficult time.”

But Shearer was delighted for the 22-year-old — who will go down in the history books for his impact on Man City — stating he “couldn’t have wanted it to go to a nicer guy” as a new era dawns.

“It’s only taken 28 years! He’s the best,” he wrote.

As well as Haaland’s milestone, Phil Foden also netted the 1,000th goal under Guardiola, making it a doubly memorable night. Thanks to their confident performance, City move to 79 points in the Premier League table, one ahead of Arsenal with a game in-hand still to play.

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There are five fixtures left and Haaland will certainly not be holding back on the goalscoring front. With 51 goals for City across all competitions this season, it is still entirely possible that the Norwegian could go on to break the legendary Dixie Dean’s record of 63 goals scored overall in a single season, set way back during the 1927/28 season.

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