The brilliance of the French attackers, Kylian Mbappe and the Norwegian Erling Haaland, revived the beginning of the brilliance of rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, which quickly turned into a frantic competition for collective and individual titles, and a race to score goals.
The struggle for the top of the world football between Barcelona captain Messi (33 years) and Ronaldo (36 years) began in 2009 after the latter moved from Manchester United of England to Real Madrid.
The 22-year-old Mbappe hat-trick, the 22-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star, against Barcelona, and the 20-year-old Borussia Dortmund Haaland striker double in Seville pushed sports analysts and social activists to talk about them as the real heirs of Ronaldo and Messi in European and international stadiums.
The two young men’s remarkable brilliance came as Barcelona, led by Messi, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Saint-Germain, 1-4, while Juventus, led by Ronaldo, lost 1-2 from Porto in the first leg of the Champions League 16th round, which prompted some fans to talk about the end. The era of the two legends and the brightness of stars Mbappe and Haaland to receive the banner from them.
The #UCL round of 16 so far. Ronaldo and Messi in the mud. Mbappé and Haaland shining brightest. Erling saw all the Kylian talk last night and said ‘…and I took that personally.’ Cristiano saw Leo struggling and said ‘You’ll never walk alone.’ The torch could finally be passing. pic.twitter.com/0Zg19HNJpX
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) February 17, 2021