Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are the biggest stars of football today.
They’re the players who make people fall in love, they’re both beasts in front of goal. The Frenchman is elegant and unsettles defenders, while the Norwegian is a powerful, goalscoring monster.
Both have shown their best in the Champions League, and not only this past week, and they’re ready to take the crown from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cristiano and Messi used to trade blows in Spain, but this week it was the youngsters. Mbappe scored a hat-trick at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, and on Wednesday the Norwegian – admittedly motivated by Mbappe’s performance – scored twice and assisted at Sevilla.
Mbappe is 22 years old and knew the spotlight was on him at the Camp Nou. With Neymar out injured, it was time for him to shine.
And boy did he do it. He scored three goals and terrorised Barcelona from start to finish. He could have had more than three, as well. This season he has five Champions League goals to his name.
Haaland is just 20, and he’s breaking records at a frightening pace. Borussia Dortmund fell behind at the Stadio Sanchez Pizjuan, but he assisted the equaliser and then scored wo of his own goals, both showing exactly what he can do.
He now has eight goals in five Champions League games this season.
It’s no wonder that both are wanted all across Europe, but it’s hard to know who can afford to sign either of them.
Mbappe’s contract expires in 2022, but he’s made it clear that, for now at least, he’s happy in Paris.
Haaland’s deal is up in 2024, and Dortmund won’t be negotiating his sale. There are rumours that say he can leave in 2022 for 75 million euros, but they’re just rumours.
What’s certain is that Europe’s elite will come knocking, and they’re both going to go on to dominate European and world football for years to come.