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Ballon d’Or: David James names player that deserves to win award this season

Former England goalkeeper, David James, has said that Manchester City striker, Erling Haaland, deserves to win the 2023 Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi.

The 22-year=old Haaland and Lionel Messi are leading in the race for the Ballon d’Or for 2023.

France Football released the list for the award, which will happen next month.

Lionel Messi won the 2022 World Cup with Argentina, while Manchester City’s Haaland won the historic treble with Pep Guardiola’s side.

The former City goalkeeper told Sky Sports, “To say that he only scores goals and none of them were particularly great, I mean the guy was phenomenal last year, winning the treble, only Manchester United have done that in English history.

“Yes, he didn’t win the World Cup, but every time he went on the pitch everyone expected him to score. What kind of season do you need to win a Ballon d’Or? “

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