European football

Cristiano Ronaldo hands Kylian Mbappé the throne

The Juventus and Portugal star spoke about the young Frenchman and pointed to the future of football with him leading the way.

Over the past decade the footballing world has been divided over the flawed debate on who was the best player in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. Well, as the two legends of the beautiful game enter the latter stages of their playing careers, thoughts turn to who will take over from them, and the Portuguese forward has his own view.

Cristiano vouches for Mbappé

Ronaldo has described the Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe as the future, but also the present, of football. Mbappé has established himself as one of the top players in the world after spectacularly catching the eye with Ligue 1 side Monaco in 2016-17.

With strong rumours of a transfer to LaLiga side Real Madrid ongoing, the Juventus superstar and five-time Ballon d'Or winner lavished praise on the youngster as part of a promotional video for Nike.

"Mbappé is the future and the present," he began. "He's a fantastic player, very fast, and he will be the future."

The 21-year-old has already won a World Cup, Ligue 1 three times and also has three other trophies in France for PSG and Monaco. He has scored 39 goals across all competitions last season, and has 24 this campaign so far, 15 in the league.

With Europe bursting with young talent, it will be interesting to see who can compete with the obvious contender of the best player in Mbappé. One who could be in the running is Dortmund's scoring sensation, Erling Haaland. One thing is for sure, it'll be fun watching it unfold...