Jose Mourinho has named THREE candidates who could potentially succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi once they eventually retire.
Replacing Ronaldo and Messi, who have dominated the football world for over a decade now, will be no easy task for any player – no matter who it is.
The iconic duo have scored a combined total of 1,204 goals and provided 455 assists at club level. Five Ballon d’Ors each have also come their way in the last 11 years.
But all good things must come to an end someday, with Ronaldo and Messi being no exception. The pair are now into their thirties and will surely have retirement on their minds at some point in the near future.
In fact, Messi is unsure if he’ll still even be around for Argentina in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He will be 35 years old by the time the tournament begins in November that year.
But Mourinho reckons there are already three potential players in Mohamed Salah, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar that could someday take over Ronaldo and Messi’s place as the world’s best.
“[Salah, Mbappe and Neymar] are three strong names,” the ex-Manchester United boss told Eleven Sports.
“Unequivocally three important names who are there waiting to see what happens to the monsters [Ronaldo and Messi].
“The other day I was asked a question similar to yours and I said that it has to be a winner.
“A golden boot, the best player in the world, has to be a winner. This thing with a lot of quality, a lot of talent, no titles, it doesn’t work.
“Right now, if Juventus had won the Champions League, we were saying that Ronaldo will win the [Golden] ball.
“If Barcelona had won the Champions League, they would have won the Spanish championship, now they’re going to the Copa America, the golden ball for Messi.
“Because they’ve been removed from the European football championship, we’re already talking about who could win, because they can’t. That’s why I always say, always sustaining victories and important victories.”