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Xavi Names Two Players Who'll Dominate Football After CR7 & Messi

Xavi Hernandez Names Two Players Who Will Dominate Football After Cristiano Ronaldo & Lionel Messi

By David Kappel - Jan 09, 2018 03:28 PM @kappilinho

Former FC Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has named his two favourites to dominate football when the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi era comes to an end.

Read: Ribery: Ronaldo's 2013 Ballon d'Or Stolen From Me

The 37-year-old, who finished in third spot in the Ballon d'Or ranking in 2009, 2010 and 2011, believes that Neymar will eventually end the Ronaldo-Messi reign.

"I think there will be a while after Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when Neymar will be the reference point," Xavi told El Pais.

"Especially as he is Brazilian; Brazil have every chance of making it to a World Cup final."

Xavi also added that he believes Neymar won't stay at the top of the game for too long before his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe replaces him as the world's best.

"The Neymar era will last three or four years, and then Mbappe's time will come," he added.

"He has mad potential. And he is still young; he's only 19. He is a monster."

The Ronaldo-Messi era began in 2008 when the Portuguese lifted his first Ballon d'Or, before his longstanding rival won four consecutive Golden Balls.

However, Ronaldo launched an incredible comeback and has now won the award for the world's best player in four of the past five years, with both superstars having claimed five Ballons d'Or each and dominated world football for the past 10 years.

Read: Maradona: Tell Ronaldo To Stop Talking Nonsense!

Neymar, meanwhile, finished in third spot in the past two years, while Mbappe became the youngest player ever to finish in the top 10 after ending up in seventh position in the 2017 ranking.

Do you agree with Xavi that Neymar and Mbappe will follow after Ronaldo and Messi? Have your say in the comments section below.


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king of them @LL (Mae a Cowditor) Jan 09, 2018 08:22 PM
I will go for Paulo Dybala for now
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Faysal Jan 09, 2018 05:42 PM
Messi will be around for a while
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Golden Boots Jan 09, 2018 04:17 PM
Neymar and Mbappe won't win no Ballon d'Or playing for PSG. As weak as Madrid is, they will knock them out of the champions league.

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