This is still a big debate among fans

Even though football remains the most widely recognised team sport in the world, individual excellence usually takes centre stage. It opens the door for more arguments and conversations over who the best football player in the world is.

However, many people nowadays would not consider Cristiano Ronaldo to be the finest football player in the world, he and Lionel Messi have held the title for decades. While there is also a debate there for icons like Pele and Maradona.

Lionel Messi currently seems to be the only top player in the world right now after winning the World Cup.

Plenty of chances but no finished product

Messi is the most popular candidate thanks to his performances at the FIFA World Cup 2022. The Argentine attacker is frequently recognised as the best player in football history.

Like his rival Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo is regarded by many as the best football player to ever play the game. For more than 15 years, the pair competed at the highest level in one of the fiercest sporting rivalries ever.

Ronaldo is one of the rare players to have won five Champions League championships in addition to being a five-time Ballon d’Or winner. He has scored 450 goals in 438 games, making him Real Madrid’s all-time best goal scorer. In terms of goals scored in professional football history, he holds the top spot.

And now it appears Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland looks to become their successor.

Few footballers in history have received as many honours as Kylian Mbappe did before turning 24. The French phenom, who was instrumental in France’s World Cup victory in 2018, also lit up the stage in Qatar in 2022.

He established himself in club football with Monaco before making a world-record transfer (for a teenager) to Paris Saint-Germain. Due to his accomplishments since relocating to the capital of France, football experts now consider him to be Lionel Messi’s successor as the game’s finest player.

Erling Haaland is another top football player that could compete with Mbappe the present. The Norwegian has a reputation for scoring goals. He has made Manchester City from a great team to one that can dominate the competition this season.

Haaland now boast that he has scored as many Premier League hat tricks (three) in his career as Cristiano Ronaldo, underscoring just how significant an impact he has had thus far while wearing a Manchester City jersey. After only eight games, Haaland has matched the United forward’s position.

In the next years, Haaland and Mbappe will rule the international arena much as Messi and Ronaldo did in the previous ten years. Both have yet to win the Champions League, It would be a good bet to predict that one of them will do it shortly.

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