With how quickly Erling Haaland has adapted to senior football, it's difficult to argue that he wasn't actually created in a Norwegian lab.
At 19, he's already scored 40 goals in 31 appearances this season and seems destined for the top. However, it turns out Haaland's entire family might have actually be the products of groundbreaking science experiments - as his free-scoring 16-year-old cousin has just made his senior debut in Norway.
Meet 16-year-old Albert Braut Tjåland. He's the cousin of @ErlingHaaland. On Saturday, Albert Braut Tjåland, made his first team debut for @Bryne_FK in a friendly game.— Football (@NORftbl) March 2, 2020
And yes he also plays as a striker. He's tall. And he scores goals for fun!
: Svenn Olav Sele, Bryne FK. pic.twitter.com/WaaijRIf49
Tjåland is still relatively unknown even in Norway, but his goal records at youth level make it seem almost certain the 16-year-old will be matching his big cousin's heights sooner rather than later.
In one instance,
Tjåland won't start playing competitive football until next month when the new season gets underway, but he's already admitted that his on-field idol is Haaland - or patient zero, as he's referred to among the seemingly massive population of human-enhancing scientists in Bryne.
Many fans fancy Haaland to achieve world domination soon enough as he's already on his way to becoming a household name, but his wider family might be at it too.