The legacy that Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi will leave behind will behind will inspire young footballers for years to come.
They have competed at the highest level for close to 15 years, but are now heading towards the end of their phenomenal careers.
Whilst it was widely stated they couldn’t tolerate eachother; they have confirmed that one pushed the other, to break boundary after boundary.
It’s been a delight to have them on our screens, but who will the next generation hail as their Greatest football player?
We look at two solid options; but also include a speculative one!
This is hardly a surprise as Mbappe is showing very high maturity, at such a young age. His goalscoring record is impeccable, but his desire to improve is also worth noting.
Some players are happy with their current output, but Kylian is always looking forward.In an emulation of Cristiano, it’s also reported that he really fancies the idea of joining Real Madrid.
We can’t even think what his transfer price would end up as, but his Football Index price would surely increase from it’s current £8.75.
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An interesting point is that Neymar is rumoured to want a Barcelona return. This could mean that instead of assisting Mbappe, he could end up competing against him.
If Neymar moved to Barcelona & Mbappe to Madrid, that would be the sort of competition that would compare to the Ronaldo & Messi era.
However, this theory isn’t a solid one; it’s highly doubtful that the powers at PSG would allow either to leave, yet alone both!
Felix is a year younger than Mbappe, but he’s considerably less experienced. Although he’s not had too much exposure, he still justified a whopping £113 Milion transfer fee, when Atletico Madrid whisked him away from Benfica.
This clocked in as the worlds third highest transfer fee, for a player who had only clocked up just over 40 first-team games.
He didn’t get off to a flying start at the Wanda Metropolitano, suffering a few injury setbacks in succession. He also struggled initially, to fit into Simeone’s style of play.
Things are definitely looking up now for Felix, he’s scored 4 goals and assisted in La Liga. Although it’s not enough to justify his price tag, the whispers about him being the natural Portugese successor are getting louder.
It will be very interesting to see him continue under Simeone, a manager known for his slow, defensive build up. This tactic seemed to bring out the best in Griezmann, so why should it be different for another gifted attacker?
We really like Felix & hope he can kick things on. In comparison to Mbappe, he’s £3.75 on Football Index, so he represents quite some value potentially here.
We said there’d be controversy! But can a defender actually replace Messi or Ronaldo?
We understand that attackers provide all of the glitz and the glam, but we feel that Trent needs a mention here. In 2019 he featured in the Ballon d’Or shortlist, which was the icing on the cake of his year.
Liverpool have fallen lucky on this young defender, who’s absolutely devastating down the flanks. His attacking mindset is what you expect of wingers. While his defensive work needs some improvement, his immense work rate and determination helps him to recover whilst off the ball.
He’s celebrated winning the Champions League & he’s about to lift the English Premier League. That’s a fantastic achievement for a player that was unknown to the average fan.
Now, he’s cemented his place as England’s first choice right back, keeping Wan Bissaka at bay. It’s funny, because they’re both completely different players. You will struggle to get past Wan Bissaka, but he needs work on his attacking movement to mount a challenge for that England spot.
A defender won’t ever replace Ronaldo or Messi. However, we wouldn’t be shocked to see Trent Alexander-Arnold become a Winger in the future. He also has the potential to move into Midfield, he has the creativity to be the pinnacle in any team.
His form in real life has translated to a Premium on Football Index, where you’ll find him at £9.50.