Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are the natural heirs Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, so says Gonzalo Higuain.
There have been rumours linking both players with Real Madrid, and Mbappe recently scored a superb solo goal to give Paris Saint-Germain a 1-0 lead over Los Blancos in their Champions League round-of-16 tie.
Madrid had multiple bids for Mbappe turned down in August. As a result, the 23-year-old will become a free agent at the end of the season.
Reports had suggested that Mbappe could miss Wednesday’s return leg in Spain after suffering a knock in training.
Still, with PSG hoping that he will be fit for the trip, former Madrid forward Higuain claims the forward is one of the two heirs apparent to Messi and Ronaldo.
Higuain scored 107 goals in 190 LaLiga appearances for Madrid between 2007 and 2013.
He believes Mbappe’s arrival could take his old club back “to the top” of European football.
Higuain told Stats Perform:
“[Mbappe] has all the characteristics. Therefore, I believe that Leo and Cristiano, at some point, will stop playing because life is like that, and Mbappe and Haaland will be their successors.
“Of course, Mbappe has all the characteristics to take Real Madrid to the top.”
Mbappe recently moved level with Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the joint-second highest goalscorer in PSG’s history.
The only player to score more goals for the French giants than him was Edinson Cavani, who had 200 goals.
Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti called Mbappe “unstoppable” after downing the Spanish giants at the Parc des Princes last month.
PSG sporting director Leonardo, meanwhile, recently referred to Mbappe as the “best player in the world today”, hinting the in-demand striker could yet elect to remain in the French capital.
Mbappe was suspended for PSG’s 1-0 Ligue 1 loss to Nice last time out and is the only player in the French top flight to have reached double figures for both goals and assists this season, with his 24 goal contributions (14 goals, ten assists) helping the Parisians to a 13-point lead at the summit.
Haaland, meanwhile, is one of the most prolific forwards in European football.
Real Madrid and Manchester City are leading the race for the 21-year-old.
Since making his debut for Borussia Dortmund in January 2020, Norway has netted 80 times in all competitions.
This tally ranks behind only Lewandowski (112) in Europe’s big five leagues in the same timeframe.
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