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Messi vs Haaland Ballon d’Or Battle: Hazard and Giroud Explain Why World Cup Winner Should Win
- Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland are locked in a battle for the 2023 Ballon d'Or
- Both have had extraordinary individual and team achievements in the year under review
- Chelsea legend Eden Hazard has picked a side in the battle and explained why
Chelsea legend Eden Hazard is the latest to wade into the ongoing debate on who should win the 2023 Ballon d'Or between Lionel Messi and Erling Haaland.
Both players are vying for football's most coveted individual award. For Haaland, it would be his first. For Messi, it'd be his record-extending eighth gong.
The Inter Miami superstar captained Argentina to the World Cup triumph in Qatar, while the Norwegian striker helped Man City to win their first-ever treble.
Hazard picks Messi to win Ballon d'Or
“The Ballon d’Or? It would be illogical not to give it to Messi, the best player in the sport's history, a year where he wins the World Cup, he said.
Hazard's assertion about Messi was also supported by his former Chelsea teammate and France international Olivier Giroud.
“Who won the World Cup? This is often how things happen. Besides, Messi played a very important role in the victory, so I think Leo will win the Ballon d'Or,” he said.
Argentina beat France on penalties in the final at the Lusail Stadium in Qatar, a game that pitched Messi and his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe against each other, and the former Real Madrid star believes it'd have gone the other way.
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“If the World Cup changes for France. Kylian Mbappe will have the Ballon d'Or. Without a doubt, 100%,” he added.
Hazard stars in first game after retirement
Sports Brief reported on Hazard dazzling in his first game since announcing his retirement from professional football after four frustrating years at Real Madrid.
He turned up in a charity match to raise money for the payment of children's hospital bills in France, and he scored and also provided five assists as his team won 11-2.