Messi & Ronaldo era is over; Erling Haaland is world's best now – Wayne Rooney

MAnchester City striker Erling Haaland celebrates after scoring against Manchester United in October 2022.
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Former Manchester United and England forward Wayne Rooney believes the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is over and says Erling Haaland is now the best player in the world.

Haaland has scored 47 goals already for Manchester City this season, including 32 in the Premier League, as he continues to break records in his debut campaign in English football.

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Ben Hayward
Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is the Weekend Editor of FourFourTwo. A European football writer and Tottenham Hotspur fan with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa America - and has spent much of that time in Spain. Ben speaks English and Spanish, currently dividing his time between Barcelona and London, covering all the big talking points of the weekend on FFT: he’s also written several list features and interviewed Guglielmo Vicario for the magazine.