The case for Haaland
Haaland has a strong case, however: he scored 52 goals in 53 matches, helping Man City claim the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League titles. The young Norwegian set a single-season Premier League scoring record with 36 goals in his first campaign in England. Haaland already has won PFA Player of the Year, Premier League's Player of the Season and Football Writer's Association's Men's Player of the Year.
Perhaps ironically, Inter Miami owner David Beckham was a finalist for the Ballon d'Or in 2007, the year he moved from Real Madrid to the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Messi is one of four Ballon d’Or winners to play in MLS, alongside former New York MetroStars midfielder Lothar Matthaus, former Chicago Fire forward Hristo Stoichkov and former Orlando City midfielder Kaka.
The Ballon d'Or ceremony, hosted by Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, will take place at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris on October 30.