Mbappe vs Haaland is the new controversy in the city after the legendary rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi… and the amazing statistics show why

For years, football fans have been arguing back and forth between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi over who was the best in the world.

But after Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe both scored twice in the Champions League last night, it looks like there was a change of guard.

How does Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe compare?
How does Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe compare?
Erling Haaland scored two goals in his debut in the Champions League with Manchester City

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Erling Haaland scored two goals in his debut in the Champions League with Manchester Citycredit: Getty
Kylian Mbappe scored two goals for Paris Saint-Germain on the same night

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Kylian Mbappe scored two goals for Paris Saint-Germain on the same nightcredit: Getty

With Ronaldo now 37 and warm on the bench at Manchester United, and Messi turning 35, everyone knew the time was coming.

The debate is now raging over who is the best in the world than Manchester City striker Haaland (22 years old) or Paris Saint-Germain star Mbappe (23 years).

Statistics show that the two are in a league of their own.

Haaland has scored a ridiculous 12 goals in his last seven games for City, while Mbappe has started the season with an equally impressive nine goals in six matches.

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While there is still some way to fix Ronaldo and five Ballon d’Ors, in addition to Messi and the Seven Ballon d’Or, Haaland and Mbappe are heading in the right direction.

In the Champions League, Haaland scored 25 goals in just 20 matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo is now getting used to life on the bench

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Cristiano Ronaldo is now getting used to life on the benchCredit: Reuters
Lionel Messi is not among the nominees for this year's Ballon d'Or

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Lionel Messi is not among the nominees for this year’s Ballon d’OrCredit: AP

After the same amount of matches in the competition, Messi scored eight goals, while Ronaldo was still zero.

On the other hand, Mbappe scored 12 goals to his name after 20 matches in the European Elite Championship.

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By scoring 25 Champions League goals at the age of 22 years and 47 days, Haaland broke the record set by Mbappe when he was 22 years and 80 days old.

The Frenchman now has 35 goals and 20 assists to his name in just 54 Champions League matches, averaging a goal every 120.3 minutes in Europe.

But Haaland is on another level when it comes to putting the ball at the back of the net.

Haaland scored 25 goals in 20 Champions League matches

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Haaland scored 25 goals in 20 Champions League matchescredit: Getty
Mbappe scored 55 goals in 54 Champions League matches

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Mbappe scored 55 goals in 54 Champions League matchescredit: Getty

He scores a stunning goal every 61.3 minutes in the competition.

The pair also perform week after week in their respective leagues as well.

In 188 Ligue 1 matches, Mbappe scored 142 goals, averaging one every 96.1 minutes.

But Haaland’s minutes-per-goal average in the five major European leagues is better.

In 73 matches across the Bundesliga and Premier League, he scored 72 goals, averaging one goal every 81.5 minutes.

However, the City star has yet to reach the lofty heights of Mbappe at the forefront of titles.

Haaland has had three titles to his name from his time in Germany and Austria with Borussia Dortmund and RB Salzburg.

But you would expect him to add to that number this year with City.

Meanwhile, Mbappe has already won 13 titles at club level, as well as the World Cup and Nations League with France.

No matter how good the stats, neither Haaland nor Mbappe has enjoyed the individual success of Messi and Ronaldo at this point in their careers.

Messi won his first match Seven When he was 22, Haaland was the same now, while Ronaldo won the Ballon d’Or when he was 23, the same age as Mbappe now.

Mbappe's greatest achievement is winning the World Cup

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Mbappe’s greatest achievement is winning the World Cupcredit: Getty
Lifting the German Cup is considered Haaland's best career achievement, although he could top that by the end of this season

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Lifting the German Cup is considered Haaland’s best career achievement, although he could top that by the end of this seasonCredit: AP



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