Key Reason Why Mbappe, Not Haaland, Is World’s Best Footballer, per Pundit

The Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe debate might take over the Lionel Messi-Cristiano Ronaldo rivalry since both players are nearing the end of their careers.

After Haaland scored in Manchester City’s 4-1 win over Arsenal on Wednesday at the Etihad Stadium. The Norway international’s form this 2022-23 season has again brought up the debate with Mbappe.

During a Thursday segment on talkSPORT, former English footballer Darren Bent explained why he still would go with the 24-year-old Paris Saint-Germain star as the better player over Haaland.

Bent has one reason for going with the French forward, he’s seen him perform at the highest level as Mbappe has scored a hat-trick in a FIFA World Cup final.

“Listen, it’s apples and oranges, whichever you one you want,” Bent told Andy Goldstein.

“But I look at Mbappe and I think he is phenomenal and I’ve also seen Mbappe in [the] World Cup finals. Turn up with goals—hat tricks. I’ve seen him in big, big, the biggest of games. I’ve seen him turn up. So, listen, if a club signed either one of them too, I think you’re going to be happy.”

While Haaland is performing at a high level for Manchester City, the striker must translate that form to playing at the international level with Norway and contend for UEFA Euro or a World Cup.

For some, the 22-year-old cannot solely rely on his club numbers and have the “best in the world” title.

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