Breaking News

Ballon d’Or 2023: ‘He’s finished article’ – Dunne gives verdict on who should win award

Former Manchester City captain Richard Dunne has given his verdict on the 2023 Ballon d’Or race between Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland.

Both Messi and Haaland are strong contenders to win this year’s Ballon d’Or.

Speaking to GOAL, Dunne was asked if Haaland could beat Messi to the Ballon d’Or this year, and the former defender said: “From a numbers point of view, he’s been untouchable.

“He has been the difference to Man City. If you look back and think about what they were missing in terms of going on and winning the Champions League, it probably was the natural number nine.

“I know he didn’t score in the later stages of the competition, but he just causes trouble and forces players to mark him. They might even need two of them. He creates spaces in other areas.

“Whatever the Ballon d’Or is judged on, I obviously think Messi is the more complete footballer, he is the finished article. Haaland has things he needs to improve on, even as good as he is.

“He could still be better outside the box and getting more involved in games, but if you are looking at out-and-out goal-scorers, there is nobody in the world who can touch Haaland.”

The winner for this year’s Ballon d’Or winner will be announced on October 30.

No comments