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'This Star Will Take Over From Ronaldo & Messi One Day'

A Manchester United legend has tipped a 2018 FIFA World Cup winner to be the successor to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's throne once the Juventus and FC Barcelona superstars decide to hang up their boots

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Six-time Premier League winner Rio Ferdinand, who played with Ronaldo during his days at United, has heaped praise on Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe, touting him to be "the most likely player to fill the void" left by the five-time Ballon d'Or-winning duo.

"We have been lucky to witness the brilliance of Messi and Ronaldo in the last few years," Ferdinand told the Irish Independent.

"But their incredible careers will soon come to an end, and Mbappe is the most likely player to fill the void they will leave behind at the top of the game.

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"It looked like Neymar would be the man when he was coming through at Barcelona and then made the world-record move to PSG, but Mbappe is moving ahead of him, in my view. He is on another level when you see the pace he has and has become virtually unstoppable when he is at his best.

"You could see the Manchester United defenders looking worried every time Mbappe got the ball at Old Trafford a couple of weeks back and that is what he can do to you: put fear into the opposition.

"If he continues to develop and prove he can do it season after season, winning big trophies and making the difference in the games that matter, he can be the man to take over from Messi and Ronaldo."

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With 24 goals in 21 Ligue 1 appearances this season, Mbappe has the second most goals across Europe's top five leagues, with only Messi (25) having scored more times in league action than the 20-year-old has so far.

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