Erling Haaland’s goalscoring exploits since arriving in Germany have not only aided Borussia Dortmund’s bid for a first Bundesliga title since 2012, they have also helped Norway’s state pension fund.
Do not adjust your screens. As reported in German publication Bild, Norway’s state pension fund is the largest in the world, with its oil revenues reinvested to provide for the future when the country’s oil reserves in the North Sea diminish.
As such, and with Dortmund a publicly listed company on the German stock market, the fund has a small percentage of shares in the club. Naturally enough, the better the team performs and the more goals they score, the better the share price.
Watch: All FIVE of Haaland's goals for Dortmund so far
Haaland’s mere arrival in Dortmund, then, will have done wonders for his elderly compatriots. The 19-year-old striker has continued to delight shareholders with his performances, having struck five times in just 59 minutes on the pitch to help BVB begin 2020 with two victories in as many games.
He began by announcing himself in style away to Augsburg on Matchday 18, coming off the bench in the second half to score a 23-minute hat-trick and help turn a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 victory.
Haaland followed that up with a two-goal salvo on Matchday 19, rounding out the scoring as Dortmund blew Cologne away 5-1, making history in the process as the first player in Bundesliga history to score five in his first two league outings.