Erling Haaland has stated he is not paying any attention to comparisons to Kylian Mbappe, a fellow superstar.
Many believe that the rivalry between Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland will be football’s next great superstar rivalry, but the Manchester City forward has taken steps to dispel that notion.
With Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo nearing the end of their respective careers, the pair is regarded as football’s next great rivalry.
The Ballon d’Or award has been dominated by Messi and Ronaldo for more than a decade as they compete for accolades.
Haaland and Mbappe now seem to be the team that will rule football for at least the next ten years. Haaland has adapted to life in the Premier League swiftly, scoring an incredible 18 goals in only 12 appearances.
On Sunday, Mbappe became just the second player to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, but France ultimately lost to Argentina on penalties.
Haaland, though, has stated that he is not paying attention to the rivalry despite the analogies made between the two.
“It’s difficult to say. I dislike making comparisons with other people. I don’t want to compare or anything because I believe you should be your own player in that regard,” the Manchester City player explained to Viaplay.
“I believe that for the past ten years, Ronaldo and Messi have been pushed by the media, and I also believe that they have been pushed by one another.
I consider that to be a good thing. Madrid and Barcelona are competing. It’s been an ideal competition. To be honest, I don’t give it much thought.”
Football’s next great rivalry will be between Haaland and Mbappe, according to former World Cup victor Marcel Desailly. And the Frenchman regards them as the generation’s leaders.
“The fact that he is a different player is fantastic. He has a different playing style than Messi and Ronaldo, and he belongs to a different generation.
When you look at the stats, you can’t compare him to these two insane athletes,” Desailly told talkSPORT.
“The tricks and numbers at the club and international levels are just insane. They can compete. They have a distinctive manner.
When you consider the pace that they flash during bouts, their agility and spirit are truly amazing.
They are most likely the top two players in this new generation. We believed Neymar still had some fantastic potential, but regrettably, I believe Mbappe will now be the star.”
After failing to qualify for the World Cup with Norway, Haaland will play again on Thursday night.
Although manager Pep Guardiola admitted he had some doubts about the striker’s health, he is set to play when City travel to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup.