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Mbappe vs Haaland: Where the duel stands now

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The debate over who will dominate the football world after Messi and Ronaldo has intrigued fans for some time. With many names coming and going, football fans finally found Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland -- the duo considered the most dominant force in football in the days to come.

And the duo has been showing their class in the last few seasons, more so this season, where Kylian Mbappe's fantastic performance in the World Cup, along with a hat-trick in the final despite being on the losing side, is going to be remembered for a long time. 

And for Erling Haaland, despite his nation not qualifying for the World Cup, he has repeatedly shown his class.

Many doubted Haaland's quality when he first arrived in the Premier League from the Bundesliga. Many Bundesliga players have found it quite hard to acclimate to the fast-paced Premier League. 

However, for Haaland, it has not been a problem. He has bagged as many as 26 goals in 23 Premier League games so far, with five more in the Champions League, making it one of the best debut seasons for a player in the Premier League.

Kylian Mbappe has remained one of the most consistent performers for PSG as well; despite the presence of Messi and Neymar in PSG, he has often been the driving force behind PSG's attack, and PSG do suffer due to his absence, which was quite evident in the last match against Bayern Munich.

Despite Haaland's statistical edge over Mbappe, that too by a large margin, Mbappe remains the superior player when all the footballing aspects and aspects such as leadership, perseverance, and confidence are concerned. 

Haaland suffers without proper contribution from his teammates, and in many matches for Manchester City, Haaland didn’t play well despite a lone goal. 

Mbappe, on the other hand, has a lot of impact on the game. When Mbappe was introduced in the second half of the round of 16 match of PSG against Bayern Munich, all of a sudden, it seemed that PSG were turning the match around with Mbappe destroying the rock-solid Bayern defence quite a few times. 

Apart from that, one cannot simply forget his performance against Argentina in the Final of the FIFA World Cup 2022, which is considered by many to be the best-ever performance by a losing team player in the Final of a World Cup, as well as the fact that he was applauded throughout the world for his confidence and maturity.

Despite Haaland possibly being one of the future greats, at the current moment, Mbappe edges him by a big margin. 

It will be interesting to see whether the debate will remain like this and continue to entertain football fans for a long time.

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