Manchester City striker, Erling Haaland, came second behind Lionel Messi during the last FIFA Ballon d’Or and the Argentine was again voted the FIFA Best Men’s Player of 2023 ahead of the Norwegian who had an incredible year.
Messi and Erling Haaland had the same 48 points after votes from the national teams’ captains, votes of coaches, media personalities, and fans were collated. However, votes from the national teams’ captains gave the Inter Miami superstar an edge over the Manchester City striker.
Erling Haaland who hasn’t played since December 6 in a defeat against Aston Villa has put the award controversies behind him. He declared that he would like to win many trophies this year again.
The prolific striker said winning the UEFA Champions League and the Premier League titles this season will be his target. He added that he would like to repeat what he did last season when he scored a load of goals and broke a lot of records both in England and Europe.
“I want to keep doing the same as I did last season, to score more goals and win more trophies,” Haaland stated.
“Now I know how it is to win the Champions League and the Premier League. I would love to do it again. I will try to do my best and I want to help the team to make it happen.”
In the absence of the Norwegian, Cityzens added the FIFA Club World Cup trophy to their cabinet in addition to the Super Cup won earlier this campaign.
The Sky Blues also remain the favourite to win the English Premier League for the fourth consecutive time. They can defend the Emirate FA Cup trophy having eliminated Tottenham Hotspur in the fourth round.
Similarly, they remain the team to beat in the UEFA Champions League and the odds favoured them to win the prestigious trophy for the second time in a row. Therefore, another successful campaign for Erling Haaland might make him the favourite for this year’s individual awards.