The Norwegian Golden Ball is the Norwegian Football Association’s award for the best Norwegian footballer of the year in the women’s and men’s teams. The prize is a successor to the Kniksen prize.
Haaland received the award for 2022 after a brilliant football year. Jærbuen has scored goals following his transfer from Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City last summer.
There have been 25 goals scored and three assists in the Premier League so far. Most recently on Sunday, he scored his fourth league hat-trick as Wolverhampton were beaten 3-0.
Best in five years
The formidable goalscoring side ensured that the Norwegian goal machine was already the highest-scoring player in England’s top division in five years.
In the Champions League, there are also five goals in four games.
Haaland also said goodbye to Borussia Dortmund after scoring 22 goals in the German club’s 24 Bundesliga games last season.
Haaland also contributed to goals for the national team. Six of the six fixtures were the highlight of the Norwegian national league campaign.
Jærbuen was also nominated for the award as the best player of the year as voted for by the International Football Association (FIFA). There he joined stars such as Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé. The FIFA award will be presented later this year.
Gold ball x 3
Norway’s Ballon d’Or award has been awarded since 2014. Stefan Johansen later became the first recipient of the award. In later years, it was divided into female or male players. Ada Hegerberg won in 2015 and 2016, while Joshua King emerged victorious in 2017.
Since 2018, separate golden balls have been awarded to women and men. In 2018, Hegerberg won again with the goalkeeper of the national team Rune Almenning Jarstein.
Caroline Graham Hansen has won the last three years on the men’s side, while Martin Ødegaard (2019) and Haaland (2020 and 2021) have emerged as winners on the men’s side.
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