The next big football rivalry after Messi vs Ronaldo is clear - and it's NOT Mbappe vs Haaland

Kylian Mbappe of France takes on Lamine Yamal of Spain
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The introvert and the extrovert. Fire and ice, faces of opposite institutions. A Capulet and a Montague, minus the brooding through a fish tank. Nemeses, frienemies, GOATs and greats alike. But all good things come to an end. 

The sun is setting on the age of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The lights are all but out for the waning Portuguese – insisting on impersonating a self 15 years younger over dead balls – while Messi is now the United States' biggest proponent of walking football; still, just, mercurial enough for Argentina. 

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Mark White
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Mark White is the Digital Content Editor at FourFourTwo. During his time on the brand, Mark has written three cover features on Mikel Arteta, Martin Odegaard and the Invincibles, and has written pieces on subjects ranging from Sir Bobby Robson’s time at Barcelona to the career of Robinho. An encyclopedia of football trivia and collector of shirts, he first joined the team back in 2020 as a staff writer.