Hiding his light under a bushel is not something Borussia Dortmund's teenaged phenom Erling Haaland could ever be accused of. - © DFL
Hiding his light under a bushel is not something Borussia Dortmund's teenaged phenom Erling Haaland could ever be accused of. - © DFL
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Erling Haaland on meditation, FIFA 20, pizza, Cristiano Ronaldo and Borussia Dortmund's Yellow Wall

Pre-match meditation and post-game FIFA 20 with a 12-inch kebab pizza? It's fair to say Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland is rewriting the goal-scoring rulebook.

Haaland has started life at Dortmund with a bang, scoring nine goals at a scarcely believable rate of one every 57 minutes.

The 19-year-old is the first player in Bundesliga history to score a debut hat-trick after coming on as a substitute, as well as the first to strike five times in his opening two games, seven in his first three matches, eight in his opening five and nine in his maiden six.

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Haaland's achievements on the pitch are unprecedented - the Norwegian teenager has put away 40 goals in 33 appearances for Red Bull Salzburg and Dortmund in 2019/20 alone. His preferred methods of upkeep are no less out of the ordinary.

"I train a lot, and I meditate a lot," Haaland told Borussia Dortmund TV. "Before a game, I always listen to a song called 'Keep Dreaming' - and I also meditate. When I'm not playing, I like to play FIFA with my boys. I also enjoy kebab pizza."

If that sounds like a deliciously upside-down, fun-filled way of unwinding, don't knock it. Haaland's 25 top-flight goals so far this season is a number matched only by Bayern Munich counterpart Robert Lewandowski, and bettered by former Dortmund forward Ciro Immobile (27, Lazio).

Cristiano Ronaldo - one of the Norway international's self-confessed "idols" as a child - was on 21 league goals before the Covid-19 pandemic put the remainder of the current campaign on hold.

For those looking to emulate his success, Haaland has one piece of advice: "Stay hungry, always chase your goals."

And who knows? Fuel that hunger with the occasional cheat food, and you, too, could one day be sticking away goals by the bucket-load in front of Dortmund's famed Yellow Wall at the Signal Iduna Park.

"It gives you goosebumps. To watch the wall and to see all these people - it's amazing," Haaland explained, before discussing the buzz he gets when BVB fans chant his name.

"It's one of the best feelings of my whole life, to be honest," he said with a smile. "When this happens it's amazing. I cannot describe it."