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Erling Haaland sends congratulatory message to Lionel Messi after Man City star misses out on Ballon d'Or to Argentine World Cup winner

  • Haaland congratulated Messi
  • Came second in Ballon d'Or race
  • Messi won record eighth award in Paris

WHAT HAPPENED? Goal machine Haaland sent a congratulatory message to Messi despite losing the Ballon d'Or to the Argentine superstar in Paris on Monday. The Norwegian forward shared Messi's Instagram post with the Golden Ball on his story and wrote, "Felicitaciones @LEOMESSI" which translates to 'Congratulations'.

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THE BIGGER PICTURE: Despite scoring a whopping 52 goals across all competitions and winning the treble with the Cityzens, Haaland came second behind the 36-year-old who was instrumental in guiding Argentina to the World Cup title in Qatar last year.

WHAT NEXT? After accepting the coveted award for the eighth time in his career, Messi acknowledged Haaland's efforts from last season and even said that the City star could have also won the prize this year.