Erling Haaland Makes Real Madrid ‘Decision’ After Losing Best FIFA Award to Lionel Messi

Erling Haaland Makes Real Madrid ‘Decision’ After Losing Best FIFA Award to Lionel Messi

Elijah Odetokun
updated at January 31, 2024 at 1:39 PM
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  • Lionel Messi won the Best FIFA Award ahead of Erling Haaland
  • It's the second award the Argentine will win ahead of the striker
  • Haaland has reportedly made a key decision following the sun

Erling Haaland lost the second award to Lionel Messi in the same year under review after the Argentina captain won the Best FIFA Award, and this has prompted a decision from the forward.

Messi won the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, amongst other honours, while Haaland was at the forefront of Manchester City’s historic treble in 2023.

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Erling Haaland will return to action tonight against Burnley for the first time since injuring his foot against Aston Villa in December. Photo by Richard Sellers.
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After lifting the Mundial in Qatar, the Inter Miami star has won the 2022 and 2023 FIFA Bests while also beating the Premier League striker to the Ballon d'Or.

Per Daily Star, the 2023 FIFA Awards is where fans drew the line, claiming the Norwegian star was robbed as Messi already won the 2022 edition for his exploits in Qatar.

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Haaland makes key decision after award snub

The two players were tied on points, but it went in the favour of the former Barcelona star after winning the most votes from captains of the national teams, which served as the tiebreaker.

Per SportBible, the 23-year-old is convinced he needs to move to Real Madrid to receive further global recognition and help him win such awards in the future.

Per AS, the Spanish giants have a release clause of £86 million on the former Borussia Dortmund striker, which will become active in the 2024 summer transfer window.

Despite denial by all parties involved, he would cost more if any of Manchester City’s Premier League rivals wanted to sign last season's league's Golden Boot winner.

Los Blancos are reportedly eyeing one of Haaland or Kylian Mbappe to bolster their attack.

Capello advises Real Madrid

Sports Brief reported on Fabio Capello advising Real Madrid on who to sign between the top two superstars, Haaland and Mbappe, ahead of the 2024 summer window.

Capello, who won two La Liga titles as Madrid's boss, analysed the two players and named France international as the more rounded player but not who the club needs.

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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.