While there are no doubts that the rivalry shared between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will never be overshadowed by any two footballers in the history and the future of the game, fans have already started to compare the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland to the modern day legends.
Mbappe is already a World Cup winner at the age of 21 and is widely tipped to become the greatest footballer of his generation, until now, when competition in the form of Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Haaland announced himself on the world stage in spectacular fashion.
Seeing both these footballers, fans on Twitter could not help but start drawing comparisons with Messi and Ronaldo. Here are some tweets talking about this.....
Obviously the Ronaldo v Messi rivalry will never be matched not just in football but in all sport, but I think what we’re about to witness is the Erling Haaland v Kylian Mbappe rivalry over the next decade. And boy, I’m ready for it! pic.twitter.com/9H6OmnFn57— RJ (@nwoye_chike) February 19, 2020
Just a quick reminder for CL stats:— 🇰🇷 💛 (@MrAco09) February 19, 2020
Messi: 10 goals after 22 games
Mbappe: 10 goals after 17 games
CR7: 10 goals after 21 games
Neymar: 10 goals after 18 games
Suarez: 10 goals after 18 games
HAALAND: 10 GOALS AFTER 7 GAMES
These stats are unreal, this is my striker 😲 pic.twitter.com/IngCe8iJkG
Please dont judge him with just a single match, we all know what lad can do— 🇳🇬 Royal-Tee 🇨🇦 (@ObajemuJnr) February 18, 2020
HAALAND IS SO CLEAR OF MBAPPE THIS GUY IS GENERATIONAL OH MY WORD— Augustine🇳🇬 #IGHALOHive (@ausnoff) February 18, 2020
Wait people are saying Haaland is better than Mbappe???? Might have to log off for a week— 🤴🏾 (@glazerpuppet) February 19, 2020
Who is your future 🐐?— Sultan D Analyst 🇳🇬 (@QuadriSultan3) February 18, 2020
Retweet for Mbappe
Like for Haaland pic.twitter.com/5Ii7XVsKOF
This is what Haaland said to Mbappe pic.twitter.com/oepSo8IteD— KB824 (@YungahJackson) February 18, 2020
Mbappé: 21 years old— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 18, 2020
Sancho: 19 years old
Håland: 19 years old
Mbappé: 24 goals
Sancho: 16 goals
Håland: 37 goals
Tonight, they share the same pitch. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/3wSPmHfsl5
Haaland is the next big star, sorry MBAPPE 🤩 pic.twitter.com/BMK4uAyiMA— 𝓨𝓾𝓷𝓰 𝓑𝓸𝓾𝓳𝓮𝓮 🗯 (@YB703) February 18, 2020
Tuchel: How many goals did Haaland score today?— ❤️💙Culéniket❤️💙 (@aniket_pawar08) February 18, 2020
🗣 Haaland: "I always said to myself that my dream is to become one of the best players in the world.— Goal (@goal) February 14, 2020
"If I'm realistic, I look at Kylian Mbappe, he's scoring, he's banging in goals in Ligue 1."
Future 🐐 recognise future 🐐 . pic.twitter.com/6wjJ9u9ycp
September 2017: Kylian Mbappé becomes the first-ever teenager to score a Champions League goal for two different clubs.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 18, 2020
February 2020: Erling Håland becomes the second teenager to score a Champions League goal for two different clubs.
Håland has done it in the same campaign. pic.twitter.com/nvPXNTxFpS
Welcome New Ballon d’or candidate Erling Halland— Abbey🍑 (@Abbeyboi4) February 18, 2020
Haaland Sancho Icardi Neymar Mbappé pic.twitter.com/jK654SaWvV
While many fans have gone on and spoken up stats relating to goalscoring prowess comparisons between the two strikers, they have failed to understand that Mbappe has often not played as a striker for Paris Saint-Germain and has mainly started on the wings, whereas Haaland has always stayed central.
The only comparison one can make between Haaland-Mbappe and Messi-Ronaldo is that both sets of players have a couple of years' age gap between them with Haaland being younger than Mbappe and Messi being younger than Ronaldo.