The Ballon d’Or, one of football’s most prestigious individual awards, is approaching, sparking discussions and speculations about the deserving candidates. While established names like Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe are expected to be in the mix, emerging talents like Victor Osimhen and Vinicius Jr. have also entered the conversation this year. However, if the award aims to recognize the most outstanding player of the year, there is no doubt that Erling Haaland should win the Ballon d’Or in October.

Haaland’s debut season in England has been nothing short of mind-blowing. The Norwegian sensation is on course to win the Premier League Golden BootEuropean Golden ShoePremier League Player of the Season, and more. At just 22 years old, Haaland’s exceptional performances throughout the season deserve to culminate with the Ballon d’Or.

Haaland‘s goal-scoring prowess is not limited to domestic competitions; he became only the third player in the history of the Champions League to net five goals in a single game and broke records as the youngest player to reach 25 and 30 goals in the tournament. Moreover, Haaland’s impact extends beyond individual records. His goals and assists have elevated Manchester City‘s performance, positioning them as contenders for the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup titles.

However, Haaland’s path to the Ballon d’Or will not be unchallenged. Competitors such as Vinicius Jr.,Kylian Mbappe, and Lionel Messi pose significant threats. Vinicius Jr., in particular, has had an impressive season, leading Real Madrid to the Copa del Rey final and the Champions League semi-final. If he secures these titles, Vinicius Jr. may emerge as a strong contender for the award.

While Mbappe’s World Cup success in 2022 and top-scoring achievement in the tournament are noteworthy, his early Champions League exit and limited trophy collection hinder his chances of surpassing Haaland. The most formidable opponent Haaland faces is Lionel Messi, who is vying for his eighth Ballon d’Or. Messi’s exceptional World Cup campaign, where he emerged as the
tournament’s best player and second-highest goal scorer, could secure him the award in any given year.

To counter this threat, it is imperative for Haaland to maintain his exceptional form and lead Manchester City to more titles. The Ballon d’Or recognizes the best individual performance of the year, and Haaland’s accomplishments this season undoubtedly make him a deserving candidate for the award.

By Lylla

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