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Wayne Rooney boldly claimed that the era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is over! This is despite the fact that two football legends are still doing their thing at the top level for club and country. The former United forward also claimed that Erling Haaland is ready to take over as the greatest player of his generation.

Messi and Ronaldo have Set The Bar High

Messi and Ronaldo have raised the bar of individual brilliance in football to unprecedented heights. Football betting fans will agree that the two are arguably the most consistent footballers ever seen in the world. Betting allows fans to follow matches and match stats more closely as it affects their predictions.

Who's The Next Big Thing?

Wayne Rooney believes Erling Haaland has shown he has what it takes to take over from Messi and Ronaldo. The former England striker even claimed that Haaland is the best football player in the world right now. Rooney substantiated his claims by pointing out that no one is playing better than the Norwegian, and he is breaking records for fun. He also claimed that Haaland has the mentality needed to reach his potential.

Rooney also claimed that Haaland is a top candidate for the Golden Ball honors in 2023 and the Ballon d'Or. The United all-time top scorer also said that Haaland's 224 goals in 264 games show that the Norwegian won't drop his standards.

Rooney also stated how he had always supported Haaland, even after the Community Shield when he was under much criticism. He also revealed that he has always believed that Haaland is the player that would take Man City to the next level.

Well, if he can help Pep Guardiola's team to win the Champions League, Haaland will have stamped his name in European football.

Cassano Disagrees with Rooney

Ex-Real Madrid striker Antonio Cassano disagrees with Rooney. The retired Italian international claimed that Haaland does not know how to play football. His comments have attracted a lot of criticism from football fans globally. However, Cassano stuck to his guns, claiming he prefers strikers like Robert Lewandowski and Karim Benzema.

Do You Agree with Rooney?

Is Erling Haaland the heir apparent to Messi's and Ronaldo's crowns? Is he better than Mbappe? Well, the stage is set, and the debate continues!