Who is the best: Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland?
You can forget Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, next season is all going to be about Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
Following Erling Haaland's move to Manchester City and Kylian Mbappe's decision to sign a new deal with PSG, we now know where the two pretenders to the best player in the world throne will ply their trade next season.
Haaland's move will see him link up with the Premier League winners-elect, giving Pep Guardiola even greater ammunition in his bid to finally land the Champions League.
However, lifting Europe's biggest prize will be a lot easier said than done, considering PSG will once again have one of the world's best at their disposal.
But which of Haaland and Mbappe can rightly claim to be the GOAT in waiting? Planet Sport decides.
Mbappe or Haaland: Who had the biggest immediate impact?
Norway striker Haaland was born in Leeds but began his career back in his parents' hometown of Bryne in Norway. After 18 goals in 14 games for Byrne's reserve side, Haaland was thrust into the first team and made his debut three months before his 16th birthday.
Verdict: Although Haaland made his debut almost a year before Mbappe, it was at a lower level and he only rose to prominence while at Molde. Even then, it was the relatively unfashionable Red Bull Salzburg who snapped him up.
Mbappe or Haaland: Scoring stats
This section will focus on numbers, with the most important coming in the goalscoring columns. It should be noted that Mbappe is 19 months older than Haaland.
Put simply, Kylian Mbappe has played 335 games for club and country (as of May 20, 2022), scoring 226 goals. It works out at an average of a goal scored every 1.48 matches.
Haaland has played considerably fewer matches, with 200 appearances and 150 goals, which equates to one every 1.33 matches.
🎥 Mbappés outrageous goal from the stands! pic.twitter.com/qFEi1C5roz— KMbappeTeam. (@KMbappeTeam) February 6, 2022
There is no difference in the number of penalties each player has converted either, with Mbappe having scored on 20 occasions from 12 yards and Haaland matching him.
This season, Haaland has suffered a couple of injuries but has played 30 times for Dortmund, scoring 29 times.
Frenchman Mbappe has played 45 times for PSG in 2021/22, netting 36 times.
Verdict: Mbappe has been scoring goals at the highest level for a longer period than Haaland having played for Monaco and PSG, as well as gaining over 50 caps for his nation. However, the Norwegian is scoring goals for fun this season despite a stop-start campaign which just gives him the edge.
Mbappe or Erling Haaland: Team play
Mbappe has been much more clinical in securing silverware, winning 15 senior trophies, including five Ligue 1 titles. For France, Mbappe has won the Nations League and the 2018 World Cup, scoring in both finals.
Haaland, in contrast, has only won four pieces of silverware. These being the DFB Pokal with current club Borussia Dortmund in 2021 and three titles at former club Red Bull Salzburg (two Austrian Bundesliga and one Austrian Cup).
More specifically, when looking at their team play at club level, Mbappe leads the way in terms of assists, with 105 to Haaland's 36 (although the Norwegian has played almost 100 fewer games).
Mbappe is not an out-and-out striker and is considered a modern day forward player, given his ability to play in any attacking position. In club football, Mbappe has played almost half his matches as a striker, with his other appearances coming as either a left- or right-sided player. This puts more emphasis on Mbappe being able to create.
Verdict: Mbappe comes out on top in this category given his outstanding stats in both trophies won and assists compared to Haaland. Yes, Haaland is a striker and not expected to have as many assists to his name, but Mbappe's contributions to his teams, both at club and international level, are ridiculous especially given his tender years.
Mbappe or Haaland: Marketability
The Frenchman has 71 million followers on Instagram, compared to the 15.7 million that Haaland possesses.
Haaland sponsorship deal with Nike ended early in 2022. Despite rumours linking him with fellow sports brand Puma, who were willing to pay him almost £7million a year, he opted for Adidas. The Haaland camp was reportedly asking for £42million over five years but the details of the deal have not been confirmed.
Verdict: Kylian Mbappe wins this for followers alone and the prospect of a move to Real Madrid will only see his popularity soar. Haaland is lagging some way behind in the visibility stakes and despite Man City's financial muscle, a move to the Etihad is not on the same scale profile-wise.
Mbappe or Haaland: FIFA ratings
Verdict: A sponsorship deal with EA Sports may help, but this is another area in which Mbappe dominates Haaland.
Who is the best overall - Mbappe or Haaland?
However, with career-defining moves this summer, there is plenty of scope for further growth (or regression) from both men.