Charlie Davies has said that Manchester City superstar Erling Haaland will eventually win the Ballon d’Or one day.
Speaking to CBS Sports Golazo, the pundit initially made a case for why Lionel Messi should lift the individual award in October this year.
But simultaneously, Charlie Davies has no doubts that Erling Haaland will win the Ballon d’Or in the future.
Charlie Davies backs Erling Haaland to win the Ballon d’Or one day
Branded as a ‘special player’ by Txiki Begiristain, the Norwegian striker seems set to win the award one day, considering he is the embodiment of a generational talent.
In his debut season at Manchester City, the 23-year-old has already propelled himself as one of the two favourites to take home the award alongside Lionel Messi.
Charlie Davies firmly believes Erling Haaland is destined to become a Ballon d’Or winner in his career.
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“Respect to Erling Haaland, he’s young, he’ll eventually win that trophy on his own”, he said.
While the former Borussia Dortmund frontman winning the award in the future seems inevitable, there has been a constant debate about whether he should lift it this time around.
Erling Haaland deserves to beat Lionel Messi to the award
There is no questioning why Lionel Messi should be in the running to win the esteemed trophy, considering how he carried Argentina on his back to take them over the finish line at the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
Charlie Davies could well put forth this argument, which gets cancelled out by the fact that Erling Haaland deserves to win the Ballon d’Or as the protagonist of a treble-winning team.
Simply because while Lionel Messi was excellent for PSG, as club seasons ago, arguments can be made for the likes of Vinicius Jr., Rodri and Kevin De Bruyne having better individual campaigns than him.
Erling Haaland, on the other hand was a force to be reckoned with for the entirety of the season, while spearheading Manchester City to become one of the ten teams to have ever won the treble.
One month of admittedly divine performances should not rule out nearly a year of masterclasses to lead a side to footballing immortality.