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Pique: "Mbappe is like Ronaldo, Haaland is more powerful"

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué was asked about PSG's Kylian Mbappé and Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland after Sunday's victory.

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Mbappe likened to Ronaldo as Barca's Pique compares PSG star and Haaland

Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué compared Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé to Brazilian great Ronaldo as he hailed Borussia Dortmund sensation Erling Haaland.

Mbappé and Haaland are two of the most in-demand players in the transfer market, with LaLiga giants Real Madrid reportedly interested in both.

PSG's Mbappé – entering the final year of his contract in Paris – has long been tipped to join Madrid, while Haaland has also been linked with Barça, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

Mbappé scored in PSG's 4-2 Ligue 1 win at home to Strasbourg on Saturday, having now either scored or assisted in seven consecutive matches in the competition (eight goals, four assists).

Haaland took his tally to 62 goals in 61 games for Dortmund after bagging a brace as the German giants opened their Bundesliga season with a 5-2 rout of Eintracht Frankfurt.

Pique was asked to pick between Mbappé and Haaland in an appearance on Twitch following Barca's 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad on Sunday, and he replied: "Mbappe and Haaland are different.

Piqué: "Haaland is more powerful, stronger, he is a goal killer"

"One is very similar to Ronaldo Luis Nazario, who is Mbappé. Haaland is more powerful, stronger, he is a goal killer."

Barça kicked off the Lionel Messi-less era by seeing off Sociedad at Camp Nou in the opening game of the LaLiga season.

Messi – the club's all-time leading goalscorer – joined PSG after his contract expired, with Barça's financial difficulties forcing the six-time Ballon d'Or winner to leave.

"It was tough," Pique said on Messi's exit. "I have known him since I was 13 years old.

"He has made us all better. We have to accept it because it is reality. We will all step forward to be competitive."