Football Manager 2021 Predicts The Kylian Mbappe And Erling Haaland Rivalry For The Next 10 Years
Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are widely expected to be the natural successors to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the coming years.
The pair are already performing at an exceptional level in the Champions League and their recent exploits has many believing that a rivalry has been ignited after Haaland said Mbappe's hat-trick against Barcelona motivated him to bag a brace against Sevilla the following night.
Rio Ferdinand reckons both Mbappe and Haaland could be competing for the top prizes for the next ten years, and with that being said, YouTuber 'LS Plays FM' decided to see how the rivalry played out on Football Manager 2021.
The overall experiment saw him simulate a whopping 500 years but we're focusing on the next decade - and specifically Mbappe vs Haaland.
And it's Mbappe who comes out on top. The Frenchman wins the next four Ballon d'Ors in a row from 2021 onwards and scores 123 goals in 205 appearances.
Kai Havertz of Chelsea is the man who ends his dominance in 2025, with Mbappe having to make do with a second-placed finish.
However, he comes back fighting and wins the coveted award in the next two years, before trading victories with Fabio Silva.
Mbappe wins a seventh and record-breaking final Ballon d'Or in 2029 at the age of 31, with Portuguese star Silva, now at Barcelona, coming out on top in 2028 and 2030 respectively.
Haaland actually becomes a teammate of Mbappe's at PSG and is second to him in 2023 after scoring 32 times and assisting 12.
His next inclusion in the top two comes in 2026 when the Norwegian is leading the line for Liverpool in the Premier League but he fails to win the big individual prize.
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In 2031, regen Brandon Miskelly wins the Ballon d'Or for the first time after doing the business for Chelsea, with Mbappe finishing third in the rankings.
Here are the Ballon d'Or top three results for the next ten years:
2021: Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Robert Lewandowski
2022: Kylian Mbappe, Robert Lewandowski, Kevin De Bruyne
2023: Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Mo Salah
2024: Kylian Mbappe, Paulo Dybala, Ansu Fati
2025: Kai Havertz, Kylian Mbappe, Lautaro Martinez
2026: Kylian Mbappe, Erling Haaland, Dejan Kulusevksi
2027: Kylian Mbappe, Kaio Jorge, Troy Parrott
2028: Fabio Silva, Kaio Jorge, Troy Parrott
2029: Kylian Mbappe, Ansu Fati, Troy Parrott
2030: Fabio Silva, Brandon Miskelly, Ansu Fati
2031: Brandon Miskelly, Fabio Silva, Kylian Mbappe
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