Dwight Yorke Makes Bold Prediction: Reveals His 2023 Ballon d’Or Winner. Dwight Yorke expects Lionel Messi to collect an eighth Ballon d’Or at the end of the year.
The 51-year-old acknowledges that Haaland‘s remarkable achievements over the past year present a compelling argument. The striker played a crucial role in Manchester City’s historic treble, netting an impressive 52 goals that contributed significantly to the club’s victories in the Premier League, FA Cup, and Champions League.
However, drawing from his own experiences as a footballer, Yorke firmly believes that Messi’s World Cup triumph with Argentina last winter is an undeniable standout achievement.
“The World Cup may only be seven games, but it’s seen as the biggest prize in our sport,” he said in an interview with Getting Casino.
Yorke noted, “Haaland will have a great argument, but you can’t argue with what Messi’s done.”
The former striker played a pivotal role in Manchester United’s historic treble-winning squad during the 1998/99 season. He netted 29 goals in 52 appearances, contributing significantly to the Red Devils’ triumphs in the Premier League, FA Cup, and the Champions League.
However, in the 1999 Ballon d’Or race, Yorke finished 11th in the rankings. Among United players, David Beckham secured the highest position, coming in second place, trailing the winner Rivaldo by 65 points
Rivaldo clinched the award following his stellar performances in Brazil’s victorious Copa America campaign and Barcelona’s triumphant La Liga season.
“When I won the Treble in 1999,” Yorke reminisced, “I scored 29 goals and had 23 assists. I didn’t win the Ballon d’Or that year. Rivaldo did, even though I scored more goals in the Champions League that year.
“I didn’t even win the PFA Player of the Year!”