Craig Burley Believes Haaland Deserves the Prestigious Award Over Lionel Messi
Manchester City’s Erling Haaland has been advised by former Chelsea midfielder, Craig Burley, to boycott the upcoming Ballon d’Or ceremony if he fails to secure this year’s coveted award. Burley, known for his outspoken opinions, believes that Haaland is more deserving of the accolade than Lionel Messi, who has already won the award an impressive seven times.
Despite Messi’s remarkable achievements, including his recent triumph at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Burley argues that Haaland’s exceptional performances should not be overlooked.
In a passionate statement, Burley expressed his frustration with the award, stating, “This award, like a few awards, drives me nuts, but he’s the one that deserves it. But I think out there, it will be full of sentimental claptrap – Messi won the World Cup, Messi’s this and Messi’s that – and they will just hand him another one.”
Burley’s sentiments echo the sentiments of many football enthusiasts who believe that the Ballon d’Or should be awarded based on merit rather than reputation. Haaland’s remarkable goal-scoring prowess and his impact on the game have made him a strong contender for the prestigious accolade.
The young Norwegian striker has been a sensation since bursting onto the scene, showcasing his extraordinary talent and ability to find the back of the net with ease. His performances for Borussia Dortmund and the Norwegian national team have garnered widespread acclaim and admiration from fans and pundits alike.
Burley’s plea to Haaland is not without precedent. He draws a parallel with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who was widely regarded as the favorite for the award in 2020 after an exceptional season. However, due to the cancellation of the Ballon d’Or that year, Lewandowski was denied the opportunity to claim the recognition he deserved.
Burley further emphasized his point by stating, “And if I was Erling Haaland, I would never go back to another Ballon d’Or in my life, same as Robert Lewandowski.”
As the debate surrounding the Ballon d’Or heats up, fans eagerly await the announcement of the winner. While Messi’s incredible achievements cannot be denied, there is a growing sentiment that it may be time for a fresh face to claim the prestigious award.
Haaland’s potential snub of the Ballon d’Or ceremony would undoubtedly make headlines and spark further discussions about the selection process and the true essence of the award. It would also serve as a statement from the young prodigy, asserting his belief in the importance of recognizing exceptional talent and performance over reputation and sentiment.
Craig Burley’s passionate plea for Erling Haaland to snub the Ballon d’Or ceremony if he is not crowned the winner has ignited a fiery debate in the football world. As the countdown to the ceremony continues, all eyes will be on Haaland and Messi, as the footballing world eagerly awaits the announcement of the victor. Will Haaland take a stand and challenge the status quo, or will Messi continue his dominance and add another Ballon d’Or to his illustrious collection? Only time will tell.