Haaland misses out on record for quickest goal of any season

11 Aug 2023
Burnley v Manchester City

Man City's striker took just three minutes and four seconds to find the net. See who's scored even earlier

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Erling Haaland made an explosive start to the defence of his Golden Boot, scoring with his first touch of the season against Burnley on Friday night.

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It took the Manchester City striker just three minutes and four seconds to open his account for the campaign and indeed score the first goal of the entire 2023/24 Premier League season.

But this is one record that Haaland has not quite been able to break in the competition.

See: Opening goalscorers of all Premier League seasons

While Opta do not have the exact goal times for historic Premier League seasons, four players have scored inside the first three minutes at the very start of the season.

Earliest time for season's first goal
Minute Season Player Club Opp.
2nd 1994/95 Kevin Campbell Arsenal Man City
2nd 1997/98 Faustino Asprilla Newcastle Sheff Wed
2nd 2017/18 Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal Leicester
3rd 2018/19 Paul Pogba Man Utd Leicester
4th 1996/97 Stig Inge Bjornebye Liverpool Middlesbrough
4th 2002/03 Michael Ricketts Bolton Fulham
4th 2008/09 Samir Nasri Arsenal West Brom
4th 2023/24 Erling Haaland Man City Burnley

Haaland can console himself with the similarities between his start to this season and his beginning to last campaign, when he broke the Premier League record of goals in a single campaign with 36.

The Norwegian began the 2022/23 campaign with two goals away from home against the claret and blue shirts of West Ham United.

The early signs are that he will be chasing his own goal record this season.

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