Haaland believes he can win the Ballon d’Or.
Even against the overwhelming favorite Lionel Messi, Erling Haaland thinks he stands a decent chance of taking home the Ballon d’Or.
Haaland helped City win the Champions League, Premier League, and FA Cup in his first season there with 52 goals, and at the beginning of this season, they added the Super Cup to their trophy case. Haaland, who broke numerous Premier League goalscoring records, had one of the best individual seasons among players.
Normally a year like Haaland’s would make him the clear favorite for the Ballon d’Or award, but Lionel Messi’s World Cup-winning performances with Argentina have made the Argentina forward the favorite for the 2023 prize.
Messi led Argentina to victory in the World Cup final and the team’s decisive penalty shootout in Qatar in December. The City player claims he has a decent chance of beating the odds when the winner is declared at the end of October, despite the fact that his form for PSG was solid but not as strong as Haaland’s for his team.
Wolves explain Nunes transfer delay
The efforts of Matheus Nunes to compel a move to City had little effect on Wolves’ decision to sell the midfielder.
With a week left in the transfer window, City made a £47 million offer for Portugal midfielder Nunes. Nunes subsequently went on strike from training and missed two Wolves matches.
Nunes was confirmed at the Etihad on deadline day after a deal for £53 million was reached when City returned with days left in the window. Tommy Doyle, a young player from City, went the other way and signed a loan move with Wolves that may become a permanent one with a £5 million option.
Gary O’Neil, the manager of Wolves, has commented on Nunes’ actions during his final days as a player, saying the midfielder was ill-advised and that the team would never modify its attitude unless they were paid their asking price.