Man City coach Pep Guardiola reveals how Erling Haaland reacted to Ballon d’Or vote

Haaland enjoyed a dream first year at the Etihad, helping to realise his ambition of winning the Champions League within 12 months of moving from Dortmund and sealing a historic Treble with the Blues. His 52 goals were enough to seal second place at the prestigious Ballon d&aposOr awards in Paris this week, but he was pipped to the top spot by World Cup winner Lionel Messi.

City enjoyed five in the top ten in the overall rankings as well as seven in the top 30, and also walked home with the prize for men&aposs club of the year. Guardiola hailed a big night for the club and suggested that Haaland can target the individual prize in future years if he can keep his performance levels up.

“I saw him so happy to be in contention close to Messi, [Kylian] Mbappe, and the rest,” he said. “It was a good night for Manchester City.