Arsene Wenger says Ronaldo and Messi’s time as the world’s best is up, the future is Kylian Mbappe. Ex Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has tipped Kylian Mbappe to take over the mantle of world’s best player from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Juventus forward Ronaldo, 35, and Barcelona skipper Messi, 32, have been world football’s dominant forces for over ten years but are heading towards the end of their glittering careers.
And legendary former Gunners manager Wenger believes Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe is the man to take over from the GOAT duo.
Wenger told TalkSPORT: “Lionel Messi…we’ve never seen players like that who can absolutely be creative in any tight situation.
“These players are now getting to an end – Ronaldo and Messi.
“It’s now about the next generation and the next generation may be French. At the moment, the leader could be Mbappe. Of course Neymar, we know.
“But England I believe has a good chance. Now they are doing very well at youth level. ‘They have done well with Gareth Southgate at the World Cup. I was hoping at the European Championship they would be one of the contenders.”
Incredibly, during his 22-year spell in North London, Wenger reportedly had the chance to sign Ronaldo, Messi AND Mbappe.
Ex Manchester United ace Ronaldo was shown around the Gunners’ London Colney training base as an 18-year-old and a £4million fee was agreed but the move never materialised and the Portuguese winger arrived at Old Trafford.
Global superstar Messi could have been playing at Highbury after Wenger’s Arsenal made the Argentinian star a contract offer at the end of the 2002/03 season but he opted to remain at the Nou Camp.
French World Cup winner Mbappe, 21, is another super talent to have slipped through Wenger’s fingers after he held talks with the former Monaco forward about a £230,000 transfer way back in 2016.