Haaland, Bellingham and 2 Other Players Carragher Tipped for 2024 Ballon d’Or

Haaland, Bellingham and 2 Other Players Carragher Tipped for 2024 Ballon d’Or

Elijah Odetokun
updated at November 10, 2023 at 12:11 PM
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  • Lionel Messi is the reigning Ballon d'Or winner after beating Erling Haaland
  • The race for the 2024 award is on, with some players already making a case
  • English pundit Jamie Carragher has named four players as favourites to win

Jamie Carragher is not allowing Lionel Messi to enjoy his 2023 Ballon d'Or win and has already named four players he thinks are favourites to win the 2024 edition.

Messi won his record-extending eighth award last week, edging out competition from Erling Haaland and former Paris Saint-Germain teammate, Kylian Mbappe.

Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Ballon d'Or, Paris.
Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe at the Ballon d'Or ceremony in Paris. Photo by Franck Fife/AFP.
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The Argentina captain has not even spent a month on the throne, yet names are beginning to fly around about which player will ascend to the top next.

Carragher tips 4 players for Ballon d'Or

English pundit Jamie Carragher, speaking on CBS Sports Golazo after the UEFA Champions League round four, dropped names he thinks would battle for the award: Jude Bellingham, Harry Kane, Haaland, and Mbappe.

"[Bellingham] plays for a club who have got a great opportunity of winning the European Cup. Kylian Mbappe would have a great opportunity as well, and who knows? He's playing for a team that has a great opportunity to win the Champions League," he said.
"Out of those top four names right now, I think it would be really difficult for Haaland to win it because of the country he plays for. Unless maybe Manchester City do another treble, or he's amazing in the Champions League again. The other players I've just mentioned have probably got another opportunity with the tournament in the summer."

France have qualified for Euro 2024, England is on the verge of qualification, but Norway have a long path to qualification, which could limit Haaland's chances.

Per Sportskeeda, all four have started the season strongly. Kopa Trophy winner, Bellingham has 13 goals in 14 goals for Madrid, while Kane has scored 19 in 15 games for Bayern Munich.

Mbappe has 12 goals in 14 games to help PSG recover from a slow start to the season, while Haaland has 15 goals in 17 appearances for Man City so far.

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Messi beat Haaland by 105 points

Sports Brief also previously reported on Messi winning the 2023 Ballon d'Or ahead of Haaland by a 105-point margin after France Football released the voting details.

The World Cup winner had 462 points, while the Man City striker had 357 points. Both men received number 1 votes from their nations, Argentina and Norway, respectively.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.