Can Haaland dethrone Messi as the ultimate football king

 Haaland vs Messi at 23

The Norwegian phenomenon Erling Haaland and world-champion Aitana Bonmati – Spanish dynamo, appear to be the unstoppable frontrunners for ‘the best’ awards of 2023 kindly presented by FIFA on an eventful night in London.

Can Haaland dethrone Messi as the ultimate football king
Can Haaland dethrone Messi as the ultimate football king

Get ready for the colossal spectacle as, standing tall at 1.94m and only 23 years old, Haaland awaits to take center stage of Eventim Apollo where football gala will reveal its sparkling awards.

However, the highly spectacular clash for the title of best player in 2023 previously claimed by Messi eight times after his Qatar-based victory at World Cup will not influence how Haaland’s main rivals – incredible contender Mbappe and thrilling Messie feel about this football affair.

Messi vs Haaland ballon d'or

The definitive version was released on the 14 th of December and it reflects closely the Ballon d’Or standings as Messi is Inter Miami USA leader ahead of Haaland who leads Mbappe in a thrilling battle for second-third, respectively.

Who does Haaland think is the goat?

In a recent interview, the Norwegian goal-scoring sensation, instrumental in Man City's historic treble victory, was posed with the perennial question of choosing between Ronaldo and Messi. As reported by Sportskeeda, he responded, "Messi or Ronaldo? I don't know why you ask me this every time. You'll always get the same answer: Leo."

An impressive global panel of national team coaches, leaders of the player’s unions; seasoned journalists and passionate supporters cast their votes on FIFA site as a result very dramatic incidents took place from that early days after Qatar World Cup (December 1920/23) to Women world cup in Australia and New Zealand until August 5th of last year.

But the setting for Haaland’s scoring machine is clear as day, a relentless force that won City league and domestic cups and UEFA Champions League after the riveting season (2022- 13).

Haaland quickly dissolved any doubt when he arrived in Manchester, explaining the colors of City as bright. In the magical hand of former Spanish master Pep Guardiola, City secured back-to-back league trophies without a canonical number 9 to stupefy opponents.

Who does Haaland think is the goat
Who does Haaland think is the goat

Messi vs Haaland goals

Unprecedentedly, Haaland destroyed the single-season goal scoring record in Premier League history with an incredible 35 goals from 36 games¾three more than Alan Shearer and Andy Cole’s figure of ‘90s.

The Norwegian dynamo scored 28 times in the given voting window, scoring a blistering seven goals during their immortal Champions League campaign – Europe’s most coveted club continental competition. City won the prestigious title for the first time in its rich history, defeating Inter Milan 1-0 in an enthralling encounter. Prepare for a night of glory in football.

On the other hand, premature elimination of PSG in continental boxing before Round 16 dimmed chances for Messi and Mbappe to shine under London sky.

Mbappe, determined and emphatic shrugged off the pain of a World Cup last loss in Qatar to Messi’s Argentina at Lusail Stadium. Overcoming the odds, French lad played a breathtaking hat-trick for “Les Bleus” only to be followed by an incredibly nerve-racking penalty shootout (Argentina won 4:2 after extra and regular time had ended in a tie of 3 goals on both sides). In a brilliant performance Mbappe, therefore scored 17 times in his last twenty league matches which took PSG to the eleventh title of its “Ligue 1.”

The position destined for the Spanish maestro, Bonmati on the women’s stage seems convincing now. Very famous for her trophy-winning victories and mesmerizing football skills, she competes in an exhilarating duel with compatriot Jennifer Hermoso as well as the Colombian powerhouse Linda Caicedo.

As Bonmati approaches her 26th birthday, this sophisticated midfielder heads to London decked with an impressive collection of individual awards (Ballon d'Or and UEFA’s Best Women’ Player) as well as team trophies. The UEFA Women’s Champions League and the Women’s World Cup gave in to her genius, as she was named Player of the Tournament.

On the other hand, Hermoso, a veteran striker aged 33 chose to embark on another journey with Pachuca – an average Mexican side.

Unknowingly, the leading La Roja scorer of all time Hermoso became involved in a massive international scandal with Luis Rubiales who kissed her without permission after their World Cup victory. FIFA’s reaction was quick - a three-year ban from all football activities.

On the opposite wing, increasingly booming Caicedo emerges in soccer Olympus with a brilliant freshman catalogue. Her feats involving Colombia, especially the wonder strike against Germany pushed her nation’s team to a quarterfinals spot in Women's World Cup that held at Australia and New Zealand. Being Real Madrid’s current colors, she is considered to embody the future of women football.

The drama builds in the Best Men’s Team Coach division with Guardiola as City’s mastermind, Inzaghi herding Inter to European excellence and Spalletti conjuring Napoli glory in Serie A.

In the females coaching space, drama escalates among Spanish maestro Jonathan Giraldes (Barcelona), ferocious English tactician Emma Hayes (Chelsea) and Dutch prophet Sarina Wiegman commanding England.

For the goalkeeping aces, there is a battle between Yassine Bounou from Morocco the Europa League winner with Sevilla and Thibaut Courtois of Belgium (Real Madrid), as well as Brazilian Ederson that was Manchester City’s final line protecting their European conquest.

And in women’s competition, the clash heats up with Mackenzie Arnold of Australia (West Ham), Cata Coll from Spain (Barclona) and Mary Earps of England guarding Manchester United.


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