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With the best 2 players of the last decade approaching the twilight of their extraordinary careers, it is only right to predict those who will takeover from them and hope to match their records.

Over the years, Messi and Ronaldo have engaged in a tussle over who the best is. The 2 share 8 Ballon d’Or awards between them, and the Portuguese is set to bag another following his achievements for both club and country in the last few months.

As we come to the end of a generation with the 29 and 31-year-old special talents set to succumb to nature, here are a few who could come close in reaching the lofty heights these 2 attained.

Coutinho

Not at all, he isn’t on this list because of his current exploits, but as a cumulative of all what he has done since 2013-14 for Liverpool.

He has always gotten the looking in any time the top talents in England’s topflight league are mentioned, and this could be the season the 24-year-old finally earns the credits he rightly deserves.

Real Madrid and Barcelona already see his potentials of becoming the best attacking midfielder on earth soon and are monitoring the situation.

These clubs only do battle for the best. And they do know what a fully developed Coutinho would be capable of alongside either of Messi or Ronaldo. Says a lot about his extraordinary quality.

Griezmann

The France international is already having a lot of big sides queueing to land him once he expresses a desire to leave Vicente Calderon.

And if his performances since linking up with Diego Simeone’s side are anything to go by, this goal machine is definitely on his way to unparalleled greatness.

He missed out of the Champions League and European Championships trophies by just cheer luck. But who will rule him out of landing them both, and a world cup before he turns 28?

Griezmann’s individual talents and ability to link up perfectly with teammates continue to prepare him to take the world by storm. And that should happen soon.

When, and not if he does, everyone better be ready.

Hazard

Arguably Premier League’s best player at the moment, the 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year looks finally ready to justify all the hype surrounding him since he arrived Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho even had the guts to rate Hazard over Ronaldo one time, and though he might have been very wrong to do that, who says Eden can’t hit the same heights the Real Madrid star reached?

Conte is gradually turning the 24-year-old into a world beater, and he has been given that singular opportunity these 2 football gods had before truly attaining their greatest powers.

The Belgium international has been handed a free role in Chelsea’s attack, and his current form is already hinting at how big he is capable of becoming.

If his growth continues, expect Eden Hazard to become the best player in the world at some point.

Neymar

Of course! The Brazilian is next in line to dominate the world of football once Ronaldo and Messi’s influence wanes.

He already shared the Ballon d’Or stage with the duo at the last ceremony, and might do so once again after leading his country to an unprecedented Olympic Gold months ago.

Many expect him to take over from these 2, and given how he has performed in the past 2 seasons, that is bound to happen eventually.

Pogba

The same Paul Pogba?

Yes!!!

Albeit not the one currently struggling to find his rhythm at United following his record breaking transfer but the one he is sure going to become after he finally does.

Many forget he’s only 23 and has been played out of position in both France and Manchester United since he left Juventus.

If there is anyone able to weather the storm and emerge a better player, it is this guy!!!

And yes, his dream of becoming the best player in the world continues to drive him. At least he has become the most expensive, it won’t be very logical to believe he can’t become the best.

Paul Koroma

I learned all about life with a ball at my feet. Soccer allows me to push the limitation of creativity and express myself without saying a word. Soccer is my addiction. I train. I play, and I repeat every single day.

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