The future is here. That is what the two most coveted jewels in world football have been in charge of demonstrating, called to collect the scepter of Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi. Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappé have offered an authentic ‘masterclass’ in this round of 16 of the Champions League, destroying Seville and Barcelona, respectively.
The Frenchman did it first, who at 22 already has a star in his record, which he achieved with the French national team at the 2018 World Cup and being the undoubted offensive figure of his team. After his arrival at Paris Saint-Germain a year earlier, his growth has been exponential and with those of the capital he has participated in 170 goals in 153 games played.
The last two in the game against Barça, in which he made the Barça defense null and void, in a match in which he was practically unstoppable. His speed and technique in equal measure have already earned him to be compared to one of the best strikers in football history, Ronaldo Nazario.
Not surprisingly, Mbappé is probably the most coveted player on the current football scene, especially with his contract ending in 2022. The great European teams are already lining up to seek his contract, with Real Madrid in the lead, although Florentino will have to take out the checkbook, since the Parisians would ask for 200 million to give him an exit, if he refuses to renew.
If Messi’s rival has been Cristiano, everything indicates that Mbappé’s great opponent for the throne of world football will be the aforementioned Haaland. A striker who exploded last season at Red Bull Salzsburg, with 29 goals and 7 assists in just 27 games for the Austrian team before making the jump to Borussia.
Their numbers are by no means scarce with the Germans. 41 goals and another 9 created in 42 games wearing yellow and black, in addition to showing game after game his gift to see the door. A 1.94 m portent that despite its height, has a speed and power that makes it very difficult to stop, as the Sevilla fans have felt in their own flesh.
Without surprises, another of the players in which the greats of Europe have their eyes fixed on him. Above all, teams eager for a figure such as the aforementioned Real Madrid … or FC Barcelona. However, the economic problems of both, make the Norwegian only accessible if the rumors of a buyout clause of 70 million are true.
The future of both is all unknown, and both PSG and Borussia will try to keep them as long as possible in their ranks. Of course, the great teams of Europe stalk two players who will mark the history of football in the next decade.