Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have undoubtedly ruled the 21st century and are therefore considered as the greatest footballers of this era. But this 2020-21 UEFA Champions League campaign proved to be an indicator for the end of their legacy. Both Juventus and Barcelona were eliminated in the Round of 16 stage. Barcelona was beaten by Paris Saint-German while Juventus was eliminated by Porto.
It is high time that we start looking for some young star footballers who can continue their legacy. Let’s take a look at top five players who can carry forward the legacy of Messi and Ronaldo.
Teams: Borussia Dortmund, England
Date of Birth: 25 March 2000
The Englishman has proved his worth for his German club Dortmund. Jadon Sancho plays as a winger or attacking midfielder for his side and he has already established himself in Bundesliga. He has delivered excellent performances for his team in the last few years. Sancho scored 16 goals and provided 17 assists in the Bundesliga 2019-20. Sancho can definitely take the spot of the two goats.
Teams: Manchester United, England
Date of Birth: 1 October 2001
Mason Greenwood became the first player born in the 2000s to score for the club. He is being considered as the wonderkid in Manchester due to his astonishing performances. Although he has not got so many chances yet but he has proved his worth every time he got a chance. It would be too early to compare him with the likes of Ronaldo and Messi.
Teams: Borussia Dortmund, Norway
Date of Birth: 21 July 2000
Haaland had score 29 goals in 27 matches for RB Salzburg for which he used to play in the past. He has continued to perform impressively for his present club Borussia Dortmund. Despite being just 20 years of age, he has earned a position for himself in the Bundesliga. He is the youngest player to score 20 Champions League goals. It would not be much difficult for him to surpass the king of Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Teams: Barcelona, Spain
Date of Birth: 31 October 2002
It would be far too early to say that Lionel Messi’s replacement is already at Barcelona. In the few chances that he got, Ansu Fati has showed his great potential as a forward. Fati is still a beginner trying to improve his skills but he can surely prove to be a gem in future as he is going to learn from the best that is Lionel Messi.
Teams: Paris Saint German, France
Date of Birth: 20 December 1998
At 21 years of age Mbappe has already won the trophy that the two goats never won in their career and would not be able to win in future that is the World Cup. Kylian Mbappe is the biggest sensation in the world football right now. The teenager has already outscored his teammate Neymar. He was a key player for France’s Victory in 2018 World Cup. He would be the best man to be crowned as the new heir of Messi and Ronaldo.