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Dutch Legend Snubs Ronaldo, Messi, Names 3 Best Players in Football
- Dutch legend Ronald De Boer has named the three best players in the world
- Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's dominance is coming to an end
- Kylian Mbappe and Kylian Mbappe are expected to take over
Nothing excites football more than the "Who is the best layer in the world" question. With Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi edging towards retirement, new players are in contention for that crown.
Dutch legend Ronaldo De Boer has named the three best players in the world, but the two icons are absent from the list.
In the last decade, either Messi or Ronaldo was considered the best player in the world. However, their dominance is coming to an end, and the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland are taking over.
Messi and Ronaldo won the Ballon d'Or from 2008 until 2021. Luka Modric won it in 2018 after leading Croatia to the World Cup final.
Messi is the favourite to win it this year again, but it is surely going to be the last time any of the two legends win the prestigious award.
Ronaldo is 38 and is still going strong in Saudi Arabia, while Messi is making his mark in the MLS.
De Boer's top three players
Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe is regarded as the best player in the world, alongside Manchester City's Haaland.
De Boer, who played for Barcelona and Ajax, recently named his three best players in the world. He picked Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne and Haaland, per ESPN.
De Bruyne and Haaland won the treble with Man City last season, while Mbappe won his 6th Ligue 1 title. He bagged only the second hat-trick in a World Cup final in December.
Here's how their 2023/24 stats in club football compare, per Transfermarkt.
Kevin De Bruyne
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De Bruyne's goals will be lower since he primarily plays in midfield. This season, Haaland has scored 11 goals, while Mbappe has scored 10. Haaland is in contention to win his first Ballon d'Or this year. Can he beat Messi?
Mbappe backed to win 2023 Ballon d'Or
Al-Khelaifi believes Mbappe is currently the best player in the world and cannot see a better winner for the Ballon d’Or this year than his PSG forward.
Lionel Messi is the favourite to win the award ahead of Mbappe and Haaland.