Ex-Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney believes the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo era is over. He has identified Erling Haaland as the heir apparent to the Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo throne, suggesting the era of the GOAT duo has come to an end.
Haaland has been on fire since swapping Borussia Dortmund for Manchester City, dwarfing virtually every goal-scoring record in England and by extension, Europe.
The Norwegian goal-poacher has racked up a staggering 48 goals in 42 games across competitions while also producing six assists, highlighting his superb form this term, per Transfermarkt.
It thus comes as no surprise that Rooney stated Haaland was by far the best footballer on the planet presently.
Rooney’s comments have also renewed debate about the era of Messi and Ronaldo, who shot their way to the top of the ‘greatest of all time’ conversation.
No matter who you are, everyone has a preference between the veteran duo, who have won a combined 12 Ballon d’Or awards and numerous trophies.
Some wonder at the machine-like relentlessness of Ronaldo’s out-and-out goal-scoring, while others are lured by Messi’s talent with the ball at his feet.
The 22-year-old will hope to continue his breathtaking goal-scoring form for Manchester City, as Pep Guardiola’s charges chase the treble.
The club is still in contention to win the English Premier League, the Emirates FA Cup, and the elusive UEFA Champions League titles.