Ilkay Gundogan has now been recognised for his outstanding 2022/23 campaign at Manchester City.
The German officially left the Etihad Stadium on July 1st upon the expiry of his contract, before sealing a move to Barcelona on a free transfer.
So, what is the latest on Ilkay Gundogan? Let’s take a look…
What’s the story?
Well, the 32-year-old has now been nominated for The Best FIFA Men’s Player 2023 after captaining Manchester City to the treble last season, as revealed on FIFA’s official website.
Gundogan is joined on the list of nominees by Erling Haaland, Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Julian Alvarez, Lionel Messi, Marcelo Brozovic, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, Declan Rice, Victor Osimhen and Kylian Mbappe.
The Gelsenkirchen-born maestro scored 11 goals and also provided seven assists in 51 appearances as Manchester City won the Premier League, FA Cup and UEFA Champions League.
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Gundogan scored both goals in the 2-1 FA Cup final win over Manchester United, including a remarkable volley after just 12 seconds, which set a new record for the fastest goal in FA Cup final history.
The Manchester City legend has continued to make an impact since departing for Barcelona, registering two assists in his four appearances in La Liga so far this season.
Manchester City need others to step up after Gundogan left
There is a high chance that the treble never happens without Gundogan’s immense quality on the pitch, and also without his leadership qualities in the dressing room.
Manchester City have enjoyed a 100% start to the 2023/24 Premier League campaign so far, but when the business end of the season approaches, Pep Guardiola will need his leaders to step up and fill the void left by the German.
Supporters should look at the likes of John Stones, Ruben Dias, Rodri and Silva to lead the Citizens to more silverware this season.
Regardless of the talent Guardiola has at his disposal, players like Gundogan are invaluable when you consider the mentality they brought to the table, and others must up their level to cover his absence.