Four-goal scorer Erling Haaland lightly ribbed Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre for losing track of his results after an impressive 5-2 win over Hertha Berlin.
The new Golden Boy winner enjoyed a sensational second half on Sunday at the Olimpiastadion in Berlin, but said he could have scored more had he stayed on the pitch.
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“To be honest, [Favre] asked me how much I had scored. He asked me if I had scored three and I said, “No, four. Only four because you replaced me, ”Haaland told ESPN afterwards.
“So I'm a little angry with him right now but it's like that,” Haaland added with a smile.
Favre admitted he lost count of his star striker's tally, but was happy with the end result.
"It is true. I don't just watch the goals, I also watch the assists, ”Favre told ESPN. “I know he can score goals. He did a good job. He is happy and the team is happy. ”
Haaland's performance stole the show in the highly anticipated debut of 16-year-old prodigy Youssoufa Moukoko, who became the youngest player in Bundesliga game history.
Making his first appearance a day after his birthday, Moukoko's mark could be hard to match given that the league's age was only lowered to 16 earlier this year.
“He's the biggest talent in the world right now,” Haaland said. “16 years and one day. It's pretty amazing. He has a great career ahead of him. I'm over 20, I'm getting old now. It's like that."
Earlier on Saturday, Haaland was named Golden Boy by beating Barcelona's Ansu Fati and Bayern Munich's Alphonso Davies for the award which recognizes the best young player in Europe for the calendar year.
“It was a good day. I'm smiling a bit now, ”Haaland said.
Dortmund lost 1-0 at half-time, but a hat trick from Haaland in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, a goal from Raphael Guerreiro and another strike from Haaland sealed the victory.
The victory was transferred to Dortmund close to league leaders Bayern Munich.
Since joining Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January, he has scored 31 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions. He is also ahead of Bayern star and three-time Torjägerkrone winner Robert Lewandowski by one goal in the race for top scorer this season.
“He has the ability to score more goals than Lewandowski,” BVB midfielder Axel Witsel told ESPN. "It is not easy. Lewandowski is one of the best forwards in the world, but I think Erling has the quality to do it. But he has to score almost every game. ”