June 12, 2024


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Barcelona Midfielder Grabs Impressive 4th Place in 2022/23 UEFA Player of the Year Rankings

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As the Football Awards season approaches, UEFA has unveiled the lineup of contenders contending for the Player of the Year accolade in the 2022/23 season.

Barcelona icon Lionel Messi secures a place in the final trio of nominees, joining forces with Manchester City’s dynamic duo, Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne.

In the meantime, Ilkay Gundogan, the recent Barcelona recruit, clinches an impressive fourth position in the 2022/23 UEFA Player of the Year rankings.

The experienced superstar outperforms competitors like Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric, Rodri, and Declan Rice, among others.

The 32-year-old midfielder’s spot is rightfully earned due to his contributions to Manchester City in the previous season, where he steered Pep Guardiola’s squad to an unforgettable treble.

Gundogan was an integral element of the Manchester City squad that triumphed in the Premier League, UEFA Champions League, and FA Cup.

Across all competitions, the German international made 51 appearances for Guardiola’s team, netting 11 goals and notching seven assists. This tally even features a game-changing brace in the FA Cup final against Manchester United.

Following his historic stint with City, Gundogan chose to embark on a new chapter with Barcelona this summer. He penned a contract with the La Liga champions for two years, with an option to extend for an extra twelve months.

While he’s still acclimating to his role at Catalonia, the seasoned superstar is poised to play a pivotal part in Xavi’s strategies.

Both the player and the club are optimistic about replicating the triumphs he achieved with Man City in the previous season.

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