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West Ham reject joins Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski in elite Champions League group
Shunned at West Ham following a 45 million pound move from Eintracht Frankfurt, French striker Sebastien Haller has found a new lease of life with Erik Ten Hag at Ajax.
The forward joined the Amsterdam outfit in the January of 2020 but was accidentally left off the squad registration for European football, meaning that this season was his first taste of Champions League action.
And it is safe to say that he is making up for lost time. His latest strike, to bring his side level away to Besiktas, means that he has now bagged 8 goals in just five Champions League games this season, as well as scoring 9 goals in 13 eredivise appearances.
Sebastien Haller bags his eighth goal in the Champions League this season… 🔥
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 24, 2021
In doing so, he twice wrote his name into the history books of the Champions League.
As per opta, Haller becomes the fourth player to even score in each of his first five appearances in the competition, and joins some very illustrious company.
Alessandro Del Piero, Diego Costa and the Wunderkind Erling Haaland are the only players that can match his strikes.
5 – Sébastien Haller is only the fourth player in UEFA Champions League history to score in his first five appearances in the competition, after Alessandro Del Piero (1995), Diego Costa (2014) and Erling Haaland (2019). Entrance. pic.twitter.com/RUxqQRh6tB
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2021
*Note: Haller has since doubled his tally, and gone past Erling Haaland’s record in the process.
Sébastien Haller is the first player in Champions League history to score 9+ goals in the first five games of his #UCL career.
He’s broken Erling Haaland’s record. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/dmieQjTE1L
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 24, 2021
Additionally, he, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski, have set a new Champions League record.
For the first time in Champions League history, three players have managed to net in their first five Champions League games.
This is the first time in Champions League history that three players have scored in each of the first five games of the group stage campaign:
✅ Robert Lewandowski
✅ Cristiano Ronaldo
✅ Sébastien Haller
— William Hill (@WilliamHill) November 24, 2021
Not bad company for a West Ham reject.