Thursday, May 13, 2021

Champions League top scorer race fuels Haaland-Mbappe ‘Who’s better?’ Debate

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Move over Lionel Messi. Step aside Cristiano Ronaldo. The Champions League has highlighted young stars this season like Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

Remember the debate about whether Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo was the best player in the world? Well, no one’s having that argument this season.

A look at the Champions League’s top scorer’s table gives you a glimpse into the phenomenon that has seen budding stars such as Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe dominate the world’s biggest club competition.

The performances of both players has triggered a debate over who is better between the two. While there is no doubt Haaland is a great striker, Mbappe is the one who has scored the biggest goals in the Champions League this season.

That makes Mbappe the frontrunner, for now, as the heir to Messi and Ronaldo.

“I think he’s an incredible, incredible footballer. He’s the rightful heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s throne, which is going to happen now or next year,” commentator and former England international Steve McManaman said following Wednesday’s quarterfinals matches. “His numbers are fantastic. I just don’t know whether he needs to leave and go to a more accomplished team, not just a team littered with a couple of stars but a really compact group of individuals to take him to the next level.”

It should be noted that . . .

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