Scholes disagrees with Neville on who’ll become the world’s best player, outlining who’s got the edge on Haaland

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Man City striker Erling Haaland Credit: PA Images
Man City striker Erling Haaland Credit: PA Images

Gary Neville insisted Erling Haaland will become the world’s best player, though Paul Scholes opted for another superstar despite labelling the Man City ace “f***ing amazing.”

Since arriving at the Etihad, Erling Haaland has made exceedingly light work of Premier League defences. His current tally stands at 11 league goals in seven matches and includes hattricks against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest.

At 22, Haaland is still considered a young and developing player – a scary thought for Man City’s title rivals in the years to come.

The Ballon d’Or award has been dominated by two predictable names in recent times: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The pair have scooped 12 of the last 13 awards, with only Luka Modric breaking their stranglehold on the prize on 2018.

However, Ronaldo (37) and Messi (35) are in the Autumn of their careers and the next generation are poised and ready to take over.

Of those on the rise, two names stand out – Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.

The two strikers are both ice cold in front of goal and few would be surprised to see the major awards in the rest of the 2020s dominated by Mbappe and Haaland.

However, when appearing on Gary Neville’s Overlap YouTube channel, Paul Scholes and his former Man Utd teammate disagreed on who’ll break clear of the other.

Mbappe possesses more strings to his bow

When quizzed on which current young player will become the best in the world, Scholes paused before Neville asked: “Are you saying Mbappe?”

“Yeah,” replied Scholes before Neville stressed he’d go for Haaland.

“I’d go Mbappe,” added Scholes who doubled down. “I think there’s more to his game.

“He’s not just an out-and-out centre forward is he?

“He can go wide, he can beat people, he can dribble past people, he’s quick, he can play one-twos.

“Haaland… look, Haaland’s f***ing amazing, don’t get me wrong. But he’s [just] a goalscorer isn’t he.”

Scholes did go on to admit he’d have “loved” to have played in the same team as Haaland.

However, his stance was clear: he believes Mbappe will emerge as the superior player.

Haaland could set new Prem benchmark

The all-time Premier League goalscoring record currently stands at the 260 strikes notched by Alan Shearer.

Still in his 20s, Harry Kane may yet eclipse Shearer’s mark. He’s currently 71 behind the Geordie great, though fitness permitting, Haaland will have a say on the matter down the line.

Aside from his obvious goalscoring exploits, Haaland has the obvious advantage of playing for England’s undisputed best team.

City’s level of chance creation under Pep Guardiola is unprecedented. What’s more, they’ve shown a tremendous ability to replace club legends with players of equal ability to ensure the show rolls on. Bernardo Silva taking the reins from David Silva is the perfect example there.

If Haaland operates at a goal-per-game in the league at Man City, he could surpass Shearer’s 260 mark within seven seasons.

Obviously, rotation and injuries could slow his progress, though it’s also entirely possible he scores at better than a goal-per-game, as he already is doing.

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