Osimhen is on the Balon d’Or shortlist, but he does not believe that he has a chance of winning the award
Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has named Argentine forward Lionel Messi and Norwegian hitman Erling Haaland as his favourites for the 2023 Balon d’Or award, Soccernet reports.
Osimhen is one of the 30 nominees for the prestigious Balon d’Or award this year. The 24-year-old Nigerian striker registered 31 goals in 38 games, helping Napoli to their first Scudetto win in 33 years and their first-ever quarterfinal finish in the UEFA Champions League.
Last season, he became the first African to win the Capocannoniere with 26 goals. He also won the award for the best striker in the Serie A and arguably the best player in the league.
However, ahead of the award ceremony which will take place next Monday, Osimhen does not see himself winning the award. Rather, he believes Messi and Haaland are the clear favourites.
“I think the two people that are sure to win it are Haaland and Messi, Osimhen said in an interview per Napoli Magazine.
“They both deserve it, they had an amazing season. Messi won the World Cup, Haaland won the treble.”
The award ceremony will take place in Paris next Monday. If Messi wins the award, it will be a record-eighth title for him.