The era of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo is drawing to a close but two new generation-defining players have well and truly arrived to take their place – Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe. The two players look set to dominate football for years to come, given they line up for two of Europe’s biggest clubs. Mbappe burst onto the scene a couple of years earlier than Haaland, having caught the eye as a teenager in Monaco’s miraculous 2016-17 title win and run to the Champions League semi-finals. He’s since lifted the World Cup and won four Ligue 1 titles in five years with PSG and been wildly prolific for the Parisiens.
The seeds of a new rivalry were sewn back in March 2020 when PSG knocked Haaland’s Dortmund out of the Champions League and celebrated by imitating the Norwegian’s ‘zen’ pose celebration. The two players haven’t been shy about speaking about one another when reporters have asked them about the potentially era-defining rivalry.
But which of the two superstars are enjoying the more impressive campaign in 2022-23 so far? We’ve taken a look at how their records in all competitions stack up against one another this season.
Penalties scored: 1
Minutes per goal: 50
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 53.2
Minutes per goal or assist: 43.5
Penalties scored: 0
Minutes per goal: 81
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 81
Minutes per goal or assist: 81