Scholes tips Mbappe to be world’s best ahead of Haaland
Former England and Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is tipping Kylian Mbappe as the best player in international soccer.
Lionel Messi, 35, and Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, have contested a running battle for that title for over a decade, winning 12 of the last 13 Ballon d’Or awards between them. The era of Messi-Ronaldo may be over, as both players have reached their peak.
Many fans are anticipating a new battle to emerge between France forward Mbappe, 23, and Norway striker Erling Haaland, 22.
Haaland has scored 14 goals in 10 appearances for Manchester City since signing from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
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Over the course of his career, Haaland has a better goals-per-game ratio than Mbappe, but Scholes believes that the 2018 World Cup winner is a more complete player. Scholes told Gary Neville, a former teammate, that he would go Mbappe. I think there’s more [to his game] than Haaland’s. He’s more than a center-forward. “
Scholes said: “He [Mbappe] is able to go wide, he dribbles past people, and he’s quick. He can also play one-twos.
“Haaland’s f is amazing, don’t get me wrong. But he is not a goal scorer, is he? “
Scholes was nominated for the Ballon d’Or award five times during his playing career – in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2007 – but never received a single point in the final voting.
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