The question of who is better between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has been the hottest topic of debate among fans in the world of football for close to two decades. The two legends boast of incredible statistics in both club and international football and are still going strong in their mid-thirties.
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Among the younger crop of players, there are quite a few names who have already established themselves as stars as well. Amongst them, the two most high-profile ones are arguably France's Kylian Mbappe and Norway's Erling Haaland and it is safe to say that Mbappe and Haaland are currently competing to establish themselves as the future superstar of world football.
So who exactly has better statistics among Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland at present and which player can go on to become the future GOAT?
Let us find out.
Kylian Mbappe vs Erling Haaland: Club goals
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Both stars started their senior career during the 2015/16 season. Mbappe played for Monaco in Ligue 1 and Haaland played for Norwegian side Bryne.
The French attacker's highest-scoring season was the 2021/22 season where he scored 46 goals for Ligue 1 giants PSG.
Haaland's highest-scoring was in 2019/20 when he netted a total of 44 goals for RB Salzburg and Dortmund.Getty
Kylian Mbappe vs Erling Haaland: Club assists
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Mbappe once again enjoys a clear edge over Haaland in the number of assists provided in club football in his career to date. The Frenchman has provided over 100 assists in eight seasons so far.
The PSG star provided the most assists, 26, in the 2021/22 season, while the Norwegian forward provided 12 in the 2020/21 season, his most assists in a single season so far.
Kylian Mbappe vs Erling Haaland: International goals and games
Mbappe made his international debut in 2017 for France and enjoyed arguably the highlight of his career one year later when he led Les Bleus to World Cup glory.
Haaland, on the other hand, made his international debut in 2019, but has yet to get a chance to shine at a major tournament.(C)GettyImages
Kylian Mbappe vs Erling Haaland: Club trophies
Kylian Mbappe has won five league titles and seven major knock-out competitions in his career so far. Out of the five league titles, four came with PSG and one with Monaco.
Erling Haaland, meanwhile won the Treble - the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup - in his debut season at Manchester City, scooping the UEFA Super Cup later on. In total, he has won two league titles and three major domestic cup competitions.
Kylian Mbappe vs Erling Haaland: International trophies
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Mbappe plays for a much stronger national side in France when compared to Haaland who plays for Norway.
The PSG man has already won two major international trophy in his career so far. He helped France win the World Cup in 2018 and the UEFA Nations League in the 2020-21 season.
Haaland, on the other hand, is yet to win an international accolade with his national side.