‘Erling Haaland deserves the award most’ – Thibaut Courtois explains Lionel Messi & Kylian Mbappe snubs when naming The Best in 2024

Inter Miami superstar Messi, who landed the eighth Ballon d’Or of his remarkable career in 2023, is in line to win another prestigious prize in 2024. World football’s governing body will be handing out the latest round of Best honours at a glitzy ceremony in London on January 15.

Messi is in the running for that gong alongside Manchester City striker Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain forward Mbappe, with Courtois – who is in contention to land the Best Goalkeeper Award – telling FIFA’s official website of his pick from that trio: “It’s always great to play against them. In the Champions League, for example, I managed to keep Haaland out, only for his team-mates to go and score all the goals. Mbappe and Messi are both fantastic players too, but I think Haaland deserves the award most because he’s won the Champions League, the English Premier League, the FA Cup, and scored a huge amount of goals. So, he deserves it for me, though the other two have scored a lot of goals as well. We’ll just have to see.”


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