Gonzalo Higuain of Inter Miami has named Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as potential Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo replacements.
Messi and Ronaldo, two of the outstanding players of the 21st century, are in their late 30s and approaching the end of their careers.
Mbappe and Haaland, according to Higuain, have all the qualities of Messi and Ronaldo. At a news conference, he stated:
“Kylian Mbappe has all the characteristics. I believe that Leo and Cristiano at some point will stop playing because life is like that, and Mbappe and Haaland will be their successors.”
In the summer of 2022, Mbappe has been widely linked with a transfer to Real Madrid. His contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires in less than six months for the 23-year-old attacker. He has refused to sign a contract extension with the Ligue 1 champions and will leave at the end of the season.
Also, Haaland is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund this summer. Real Madrid, Barcelona, and Manchester City are among the teams linked with the 21-year-old attacker.
Mbappe and Haaland have already proven that they have what it takes to be future team leaders. Despite their youth, both players are leading goal scorers for their respective clubs this season.
Before the start of the 2021-22 season, both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo switched clubs. PSG signed the Messi on a free transfer from Barcelona, while Manchester United signed Ronaldo on a two-year contract worth €23 million. The two superstars haven’t exactly had the best of luck with their new teams.
Messi has struggled to adjust to his new surroundings in France, but Mauricio Pochettino is gradually turning him into one of his most key players. In his last six league appearances for PSG, the 34-year-old has scored a goal and created six assists. Across all competitions, his current tally for the club is seven goals and eleven assists.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, is off to a strong start in his second tenure at Manchester United. The 37-year-old forward has recently struggled to hit the net. In 10 appearances with the Red Devils in all competitions, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored just once.