Manchester City star Erling Haaland was pleased to be named the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year ahead of Lionel Messi.
The Norwegian helped the Cityzens win the European treble in the 2022-23 season, which was also his debut campaign with the English giants.
Haaland was named as Europe's best men's player for last season at the UEFA Champions League draw in Monaco on Thursday, August 31. Messi finished second in the voting with 227 points as compared to the City star's 352.
The 23-year-old's fellow treble winners, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan and Rodri finished third, fourth and fifth in the voting, respectively. Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Marcelo Brozovic, Declan Rice, Alexis Mac Allister, and Jesus Navas completed the top 10.After winning the award, here's what Erling Haaland had to say to uefa.com:
"I am kind of living a dream. This was my dream when I was young, so to be able to do this together with my teammates is something special."
Erling Haaland broke multiple goalscoring records last season. He finished as the Premier League's top scorer with 36 goals, a new record, and the Champions League's top scorer with 12 goals.