Ballon d’ Or: ‘Pure striker, complete player’ – Pique makes claim on Mbappe, Haaland

Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique has made Ballon d’ Or claim on Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe while emphasizing their potential to win the prestigious individual award someday.

Haaland and Mbappe have been touted to forge the next big player rivalry after Paris Saint-Germain’s Lionel Messi and Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo eventually hang up their boots.

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The pair have been greatly impressed since bursting onto the scene and taking the world by storm with their incredible talents.

Haaland, 21, has established himself as a goalscoring machine. The Norwegian has scored 85 goals and made 23 assists from 87 appearances for Dortmund since joining the Bundesliga club in 2019.

Mbappe, 23, meanwhile, has scored a staggering 167 goals and made 84 assists in 214 appearances for PSG since joining French Ligue 1 champions in 2017.

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Speaking to Gary Neville on The Overlap, Pigue said: “I think they are two of the best right now, they have the potential to win Ballon d’Or for sure, I think Haaland is more of a pure striker, strong, physical with a lot of goals and Mbappe is a more complete player, he can play as a winger and striker.”

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He added: “Both are very good, I didn’t get the opportunity to play against Haaland, I played against Mbappe, difficult to choose.”

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