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Who will be the best player in the world at the end of the 2020s?
Dec 2, 2021, 10:09:00 AM

Who will be the best player in the world at the end of the 2020s?

The football world has been dominated by the same players over the past decade. Football is filled with talented players and a new star pops out every day. Let’s talk about the young players primed to take over in the 2020s and the potential superstars at the end of the decade.

Over the majority of the past two decades, football has been defined by two superstar players. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated with their stellar goal-scoring and highlight plays every game. Most football fans have grown up looking up to Leo and CR7 but they have to accept that these two stars will have to retire sometime soon. 

Both Leo and CR7 are the two best players to ever kick a ball but the sport is in good hands. There are so many talented youngsters around the world that deserve the attention and they are primed to become the new superstars. 

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Kylian Mbappé

In terms of the overall impact on the sport, Kylian Mbappé is probably the biggest name on this list. He is already a superstar at 22 years of age and he will only improve with time. He is a top forward whose main asset is his blistering pace. However, he is not the pace merchant that people are making him out to be. 

Mbappé has control of his pace which makes him a better player than other speedy players. For example, football fans were high on Theo Walcott back in the day when he was playing for Arsenal. Theo was a solid player but his pace was his main asset. Despite his pace, he couldn’t control himself at times which led to defences freezing him out. 

That is not an issue for Mbappé because he has all of the necessary skills to counter every defender he plays against. He is already a superstar at a young age with untapped potential. He is not only a strong striker but he can also create scoring chances for his teammates. 

Mbappé is earning accolades almost every year and he is primed for bigger success in the future. If you’re a football fan, you should get accustomed to Mbappé’s name because he is set to become the world’s best player when Messi and CR7 step away from football. It also helps that he is seen as Leo’s prodigy because of their status as teammates and how Mbappé looked up to Ronaldo.

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Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland is one of the most tantalizing players in the world. He is not only a skilled player but he has all of the physical tools to dominate the sport. At first sight, Haaland might look like a basketball player because of his six-foot-four frame and how he takes care of his body. Most footballers of his size are typically seen as defenders or goalkeepers but Haaland is different.

He uses his size well because he overpowers defenders but he is still as fast as the other forwards that they’re dealing with. He might even be faster because he combines that pace with his long strides which makes him a threat for any defender inside the box.

Haaland has proven that he’s a supreme goal-scorer for Borussia Dortmund and he will only improve. Despite what his stats might show, Haaland is still raw as he relies heavily on his body to overpower his opponents. If he becomes a more skilled player with a bigger bag of tricks, you can expect Haaland to become one of the most unstoppable players of all time.

He is already on track to become one of the best strikers in the modern era due to his goal-scoring tally over the past few years. As of late 2021, Haaland just entered his 20s and by the time the 2020s wrap up, he will be in his prime.

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Phil Foden

England always has a spotlight on them because they are a prominent footballing country. When a top prospect shows themselves, you can expect that the world will learn about their name. In this case, England’s latest superstar prospect is Manchester City’s Phil Foden. The young winger/midfielder hybrid is one of the most talented youngsters in the world.

He is a gifted dribbler but he also thrives when it comes to scoring goals. Foden is one of the most promising players in the world because of the mix of his age and the skills that he has already shown. He is already a developed footballer but he still has room to grow. If you’re looking for a top English prospect, Foden has the potential to become the best player.

He has all of the necessary tools to reach that level not only because he is talented but he is also a great team player. He is not selfish because he loves to make the right decisions when needed. He likes to be flashy but he’s always in control despite that flamboyant style. 

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Jude Bellingham 

Central midfield is one of the roles that has often been overlooked over the past decade. In the 2000s, players like Xavi, Andrea Pirlo, and Andres Iniesta dominated the headlines as the smartest players on the pitch. These days, central midfielders do not get the same spotlight but Jude Bellingham has the potential to change the dynamic. 

The youngster is primed to become the best midfielder in the world. He is another member of England’s next generation alongside Foden. Jude has proven that he can control any game with his dribbling and passing as he plays beyond his age. 

These are just some of the names that can turn into the best player in the world. There are still some prospects out there that can turn out to be the right choice but in the meantime, you should keep an eye out for these four stars.

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Words: Cholo Martin

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