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Top 5 players hailed as the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’

Top 5 players hailed as the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo'
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Does such a thing even exist? Find out here as give you the Top 5 young players billed as the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo’.

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest talents of all-time, if not the best. His achievements in football are endless, with his record-breaking stats making him a legend.

The Portuguese superstar has scored over 700 career goals and won an insane 29 trophies. A staggering five Ballon d’Or awards have also come his way over the years. Thus, it’s only natural clubs have desperately searched for someone like him. But is such a thing even possible?

We’ve recently heard of Erling Braut Haaland being billed as the natural successor to Ronaldo. True, they both got killer goal instincts and take insane care of themselves. Although it seems not everyone is satisfied with this verdict.

So with this in mind, we give you the Top 5 players tipped to become the next Ronaldo after Haaland.

Kaio Jorge

Kaio Jorge, Top 5 players hailed as the 'next Cristiano Ronaldo', New Cristiano Ronaldo
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The 18-year-old forward has alerted many European heavyweights after recently breaking into the Santos first-team.

Kaio Jorge has several things in common with Cristiano Ronaldo from their stature to attributes on the pitch. The teenager has great technique, quick feet, and is strong in the air. So it’s no wonder why the comparisons are already kicking in.

Ronaldo’s own club Juventus are reportedly keeping close tabs on Jorge’s progress this year. Although it may be a bit too premature to weigh him down with so much expectations, considering he’s only just getting started.

Either way, Jorge is one to keep an eye on across the upcoming months.

Joao Felix

Joao Felix, Cristiano Ronaldo

Following his breakthrough campaign with Benfica, Felix was quickly billed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo. The player himself also hopes to follow in the five-time Ballon d’Or winner’s footsteps.

This caused several top clubs to chase his signature during last summer’s transfer window.

Ultimately, Atletico Madrid won the race by paying Benfica an unbelievable €126m to sign Felix. It was a bold move on the Spanish club’s behalf, who no doubt were banking on the player’s potential.

With almost a full season under his belt, however, the 20-year-old has struggled to live up to expectations. Injuries and adapting to a new league have taken its toll on him.

Although it’s still relatively early days for Felix and a clean slate next season may be just what he needs. So don’t go ruling him out yet.

Francisco Trincao

Francisco Trincao, New Cristiano Ronaldo

Meet Barcelona’s very own Cristiano Ronaldo!

After spells with the Porto and Braga youth teams, Trincao made his senior debut for the latter in December 2018. It’s been a long ride, but the 20-year-old has slowly become a big deal in the football world.

His strong performances for Braga have earned him direct comparisons to Ronaldo. Many have noted their similar height, ability to exploit spaces and dribbling skills. However, Trincao is still pretty raw and needs more time to hone his abilities.

But it didn’t stop Barcelona from signing him in January for a whopping €31m fee on a five-year contract with a buyout clause of €500m.

He will officially join the Blaugrana in July once the 2019/20 campaign is finished.

Vinicius Junior

Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid
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The 19-year-old was a ray of hope in a soul-crushing campaign for Real Madrid last season.

No Cristiano Ronaldo for the mighty Los Blancos ended in disaster. They finished 19 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, while crashing out of the Copa del Rey and Champions League in humiliating fashion.

Yet the emergence of Vinicius gave everyone hope in the post-Ronaldo era, with the Brazilian performing superbly.

His pace, technique, dribbling skills, ball control and trickery were reminiscent of the Real Madrid legend. Especially during the latter’s younger days at Manchester United.

Whether Vinicius lives up to this billing as a potential Ronaldo successor, though, doesn’t matter. He is set to become the real deal for Real Madrid anyway.

Kylian Mbappe

Kylian mbappe, PSG
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Once described as a hybrid of Cristiano Ronaldo, Thierry Henry and Ronaldo Nazario, the Frenchman continues to make remarkable progress.

At 21, Mbappe is eldest out of these five potential successors to Cristiano Ronaldo and probably the most likely one. The Juventus star himself recently labelled him as the future of football.

“Mbappe is the future and the present,” said CR7.

“He’s a fantastic player, very fast, and he will be the future.”

Backing this claim is the fact that Mbappe has already hit the 30-goal mark in all competitions this season. He continues to improve at an incredible rate, which will likely prompt Real Madrid to make another move for him soon.