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Mbappe, Sancho, or Haaland? Who could dominate football for the next decade as Ronaldo and Messi approach end of their reigns?

With more than 1000 goals scored, over 400 assists provided and 40 trophies collected, the dominance of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the last decade has been nothing short of extraordinary.

The two footballing heroes have battled for supremacy in one of the greatest rivalries in sporting history.

They even have big cases to claim they are the greatest to ever play the beautiful game.

Cristiano Ronaldo has ridiculous stats over the last decade
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Unfortunately for Ronaldo fans, however, Messi edges the stats in most of the categories over the last ten years.

The 33-year-old scored more than 40 more in the last ten years (522), averaging over over 52 goals-per-year, while Ronaldo is averaging just under 48-goals-per-year having struck 478 times.

Messi’s best year for his club came in 2012, where he racked up an astonishing 79 club goals, while Ronaldo’s personal best was in 2013, where he scored 59 times for Real Madrid.

When you have Lionel Messi in your side, anything is possible
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The Juventus man has also won less trophies than Messi in the last decade, with the pair on 23 and 17 respectively.

However, Ronaldo has dominated for his country, winning two trophies with Portugal and scoring a record-breaking 77 goals – which makes Messi’s 57 for Argentina look measly.

The dominance of the two players has been astonishing, but let’s be frank, it surely cannot last given Ronaldo is 34-years-old and Messi is 32-years-old.

So who are the contenders to dominate the next ten years? has drawn up a list of the potential candidates….

Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

There is no question the Frenchman will continue to set the footballing world alight over the next decade.

At just 21 years old, Mbappe is bettering goalscoring stats Messi produced for Barcelona at the same age – albeit in the less difficult French league.

Mbappe hit his 100th senior goal at just 20 years old and what’s more, he has not had many injuries so his stats should only improve year on year.

Kylian Mbappe could be a future Ballon d’Or winner
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He is one of the most exciting players to watch on the planet with his skill and burst of pace and it’s frightening just how good he will be when he hits his prime in a few years time.

With several titles to his name already – including a World Cup trophy which he played an instrumental part in winning – it’s only a matter of time before Mbappe is the best player in the world.

Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

English teenager Sancho has all the attributes to become a footballing superstar and is already an inspiration for many young talents in the UK.

As well as having a swagger and air of confidence that is clear all to see, the 19-year-old is supremely talented and his goal contributions as a teenager are staggering.

Jadon Sancho has been linked with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United in recent weeks
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This season the England winger already had nine goals and nine assists in just 15 matches, following up his superb breakthrough campaign in the Bundesliga last term.

It is only a matter of time before he seals a big money move away to another top European club, but there is no disputing that he will continue to shine wherever he goes.

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

The Portuguese, extraordinarily, became the fifth most expensive player in history when his transfer from Benfica to Atletico Madrid was completed last summer – and although he has had a slow start to his LaLIga career he will surely become one of the world’s best soon enough.

Joao Felix won the Golden Boy Award in 2019
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The attacker was signed for £113million with just Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele moving for more cash.

Felix scored 15 goals and added 7 assists in 26 matches for Benfica last season and deservedly picked up the Golden Boy award for 2019.

It’s only a matter of time before he rediscovers his golden touch for Diego Simeone’s men, where scoring goals is a little tough than most other places.

Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

The Norwegian striker is only 19 but if his goalscoring record is anything to go by, he is surely destined to be one of the best strikers in the world for many years to come.

Haaland is aiming to emulate his Scandinavian counterpart Zlatan Ibrahimovic and become a footballing superstar – and he certainly has the arrogance and swagger to do so.

Erling Haaland snubbed United to join Dortmund after his form with Red Bull Salzburg

The Norway striker has lit up Europe with his dazzling displays for Red Bull Salzburg this season, leaving some of the biggest clubs in world football to chase his signature, and he eventually sealed a move to Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.

Haaland has scored 28 goals in all competitions so far this season, eight of which have come in the Champions League.

He could make his debut for BVB when Lucien Favre’s side travel to face Augsburg in the Bundesliga on January 18.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool)

Incredibly, the Reds defender has improved on his incredible campaign last season and is now genuinely one of the best players in the Premier League.

At right-back, he has eight assists and two goals at the halfway stage this season and he unquestionably already has one of the best deliveries in Europe.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been in a league of his own against Leicester
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At just 21, he is arguably the best right-back in the world already and his potential will scare Liverpool’s title rivals, who are desperate to knock the Reds off their perch.

The question is, will Alexander-Arnold remain in his current role? Many believe he is destined for a more advanced midfield role, similar to Kevin de Bruyne’s, due his creativity and pinpoint delivery.

You can get all the latest news from the January window on talkSPORT’s live transfer blog


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