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Luis Suarez Chooses Between Erling Haaland And Kylian Mbappe As Next Great Player

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Luis Suarez Chooses Between Erling Haaland And Kylian Mbappe As Next Great Player

Luis Suarez has chosen between Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe as the next great attacking player in world football.

The Atletico Madrid striker called Haaland a player to define his era, telling Marca: "He is a great player, he is at a spectacular level. He has an admirable physical power. He is one of the best No 9s in the world that will mark this era."

Asked to choose directly between Haaland and Mbappe, Suarez replied: "A little more for Haaland, but Mbappe is at a very high level."

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Fair play to the Uruguayan for not avoiding the question.

Borussia Dortmund's Norwegian goal machine and Paris Saint-German's superstar forward are widely viewed as the two best emerging talents in football.

Albeit they have different skill sets, with the rapid Mbappe viewed as more of an all-round attacker, while Haaland is an imposing and predatory No 9.

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While Mbappe - 18 months older - has achieved more so far, including a World Cup win, the 20-year-old Haaland is breaking goalscoring records and has fans and pundits amazed at his incredible potential.

That should also include his fellow players, judging by Suarez's reaction. The striker has expressed his belief that Haaland might actually be at a higher level that Mbappe, who destroyed Suarez's former side Barcelona with a hat-trick in this season's Champions League.

Suarez himself is having an excellent season since his 2020 move from Barca. The forward's 19 Liga goals in 26 games have helped place Atletico top of the table.

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His 500th career goal saw Atletico beat Alaves 1-0 on Sunday, however Suarez was quick to tell Marca that the credit belonged to Jan Oblak for his late penalty save in earning the victory.

"After the match, Oblak's penalty has even more merit," he said. "If it weren't for him, we wouldn't have had three points."

All imagery: PA Images

Topics: Erling Haaland, Luis Suarez, Kylian Mbappe

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