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Carragher reveals who has replaced Ronaldo & Messi as the world’s best players

Cristiano Ronaldo, Jamie Carragher, Lionel Messi
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The former Liverpool defender thinks Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance has come to an end.

Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe are now the top two contenders for the mantle of the world’s best player, according to Jamie Carragher.

The 44-year-old thinks football is heading into a new era regarding the new generation of leaders emerging in the sport across the globe.

“I think Messi picking up the last Ballon d’Or, I do think that will be the last time we’ll see Messi or Ronaldo pick up that trophy,” said Carragher on Sky Sports.

“I do think the new generation is just ready to take that mantle and they’ve held that mantle for so long, it’s absolutely unbelievable really.

“We know how great of players they are but the consistency, the mental strength they have to show to do that year in, year out and dominate that main player of the year award is a testament, not only to their mental strength but also to their mental strength and [ability] to cope with modern football.”

Can Salah & Mbappe be the next Ronaldo & Messi?

On who the world’s best player is now, Carragher highlighted Liverpool star Salah and PSG star Mbappe as his two top contenders to take over from Ronaldo and Messi in the debate.

“I think the toss-up for me would be Mohamed Salah and Kylian Mbappe,” the ex-Liverpool star said.

“They would be the two that would split people now the way Messi and Ronaldo have split people for so long.”

Carragher added: “I think the season Mo Salah’s having, the numbers he’s got compared to anyone else in the Premier League, which is the best league in the world right now, I think just shows how far ahead he is of everybody in the Premier League.

“With Mbappe, we see the French League is a level down but he’s doing the Champions League, his performance against Real Madrid in the first leg just tells you how special this guy is, a World Cup winner already and it will be interesting to see where he’s playing his football next season.”

Salah vs Mbappe – 2021/22 Champions League stats