Ex-Manchester United star Pique delivers verdict on Erling Haaland vs Kylian Mbappe debate

Gerard Pique has weighed in on the debate over who is better among two young players destined to be the game’s next biggest stars: Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

Manchester United’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been dominating the ‘world’s best player’ conversation for over 15 years now but, although both remain absurdly brilliant, their careers are sadly nearing the end. As a result, the next generation of superstars are vying for the honor of being labeled the best.

The two main contenders at the moment are Mbappe and Haaland, who look set to rule the sport just like Messi and Ronaldo for the next decade. At 23, Mbappe has already claimed a huge trophy cabinet after winning the World Cup and several French league titles. A planned move to Real Madrid this summer will likely see him asking for a lot more.

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Haaland, who is two years younger, is quickly establishing himself as the best striker in the game. In 87 games at Borussia Dortmund, he has an astonishing 85 goals to his name and he is set to reach even greater heights when he moves to Manchester City in the transfer window.

The debate over who is the best is a hotly contested one that Barcelona defender Pique has struggled to settle.

“I think they are two of the best players at the moment,” the Spaniard told Gary Neville for the Overlap. “They are very young, they have the potential to be Ballon d’Or [winners] for sure.

“I think Haaland is more of a pure striker, very strong, he scored a lot of goals. Mbappe is more of a complete player, I would say. He can play as a winger, he plays as a striker but he can play it.

“Both are very good. I didn’t have the opportunity to play against Haaland, I played against Mbappe. Hard to choose.”

Pique also gave his thoughts on who he thinks are the most promising young players right now. He added: “I think Pedri has a lot of potential, Gavi is also very, very good for his age. We have great talents here at Barcelona at the moment but they have to grow and they will get better but at the moment they are still very good.”

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