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Haaland-Mbappe: the next great rivalry?

After two dazzling displays in the midweek Champions League games against Spanish opposition, are these strikers the heirs to the Cristiano and Messi duopoly.

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Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland said his brace against Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday was inspired by watching Paris St Germain's Kylian Mbappe score a hat-trick against Barcelona.

French forward Mbappe had set Europe's elite competition alight on Tuesday with a stunning treble in the 4-1 drubbing of Barça, but Haaland was also out to make his mark, netting two superbly-taken goals in his side's 3-2 win in Seville.

Haaland and Mbappé have already faced one another on the European front. The Norwegian had just been recently signed by Dortmund, and came face to face against PSG in the Champions League last season with the Ligue 1 side progressing,

As Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo reach their mid-30s, the Norwegian and French strikers are set to step into the space left behind by the Barça and Juve strikers respectively.