Manchester City win Men’s Club of the Year at the 2023 Ballon d’Or awards
Yet more trophies to put in the collective cabinet.
Lionel Messi might have earned his eighth Ballon d’Or trophy on Monday night, but both Erling Haaland and Manchester City were still big winners at this year’s awards ceremony, with the Blues winning Men’s Club of the Year and the Norwegian notched another personal accolade as well.
Not only were Man City handed the Men’s Club of the Year for the second season in a row at the 2023 Ballon d’Ors, but despite just missing out on the award for the best footballer in the world over the past year to World Cup winner Messi (well, obviously), their star striker didn’t go home empty-handed.
After his groundbreaking debut season in the Premier League, during which he broke seemingly every record under the sun, Haaland won the 2023 Gerd Muller Trophy — recognising the best goalscorer for club and country across a season — for his incredible 52 goals in all competitions.
Here’s the moment he added yet another piece of silverware to a trophy cabinet that it’s safe to say is already rapidly running out of room:
As for the Men’s Club of the Year award, it came as little surprise given their historic treble-winning season which saw them also break several records in the process.
Joined on stage by goalkeeper Ederson, Champions League final goalscorer Rodri, defender Ruben Dias, midfielder maestro Bernardo Silva and emerging marksman Julian Alvarez — all of whom were included in this year’s list of nominees — City’s CEO Ferran Soriano accepted the award on behalf of the team.
Even in the categories in which they didn’t win, City’s excellence last season was recognised in the shortlisting, with both Haaland and Ederson just missing out on the Ballon d’Or and Yashin Trophies behind Messi and teammate Emiliano Martinez, respectively, and five players making into the top 10.
This ceremony also comes just months after Pep Guardiola‘s ever-impressive side cleaned up at last season’s PFA Awards, with Haaland unsurprisingly winning Player’s Player of the Year and the City squad also dominating the 2022/23 Team of the Year.
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It’s been a non-stop 12 months of success across all of the club’s operations, in truth, as City were also named the most valuable footballing brand in the world back in June, now estimated to be worth over £1.3 billion.
With a Manchester derby win also still fresh under their belt, it’s obviously still a very good time to be a Blue and while this season might not have started flawlessly, you still wouldn’t bet against them lifting a sixth Premier League trophy under the Catalan coach.
City face Bournemouth at home on Saturday, 4 November before their next Champions League game against Young Boys next Tuesday.
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