On August 16, 2023, Erling Braut Haaland of Manchester City was victorious in the UEFA Super Cup, and he celebrated his victory by posing with the trophy.
Erling Haaland, a striker for Manchester City, had an outstanding debut season with the Premier League champions and was rewarded with the Players’ Football Association’s Player of the Year award on Tuesday.
Rachel Daly, who plays for England and Aston Villa, was selected as the winner of the women’s prize by the players that participated in the competition.
The awards, which are presented annually and are managed by the Professional Footballers’ Association, recognize the top male and female players in English football for the year 2023.
Haaland had a sensational first season with City, scoring 52 goals across all competitions as Pep Guardiola’s team won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and the Champions League. Haaland’s performance was a major factor in City’s success.
The 23-year-old bested teammate John Stones and Kevin De Bruyne, as well as the duo from Arsenal, Bukayo Saka and Martin Odegaard, and former Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who is currently playing for Bayern Munich.
“It is quite humbling to receive such a distinguished prize. “It is an honor to be recognized by one’s peers, and I would like to express my gratitude to all of those who cast their vote in my favor,” Haaland stated.
“Both for the team and for me personally, it will go down as an unforgettable season. I could never have anticipated being a part of a team that would go on to win the treble, so the experience of being a part of that team is something I will never forget.
“During the previous season, we were able to make some truly unforgettable memories, and this year, we hope to do the same thing.” We have gotten off to a good start with the season, but we have to keep going.”
Young Male Player of the Year went to Saka, and Young Female Player of the Year went to Chelsea’s Lauren James. Saka won the prize for male players.
Both Daly and James were extremely valuable contributors for England throughout their journey to the Women’s World Cup final, which was played earlier this month and resulted in a loss to Spain.
A stunning accomplishment for a player who played left back for the Lionesses during their successful campaign at the 2022 European Championships, Daly of Villa scored 22 goals in the Women’s Super League during the previous season.
Competition came from Sam Kerr, Frida Maanum, Guro Reiten, Khadija “Bunny” Shaw, and Ona Batlle, but the 31-year-old emerged victorious.