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The next big football rivalry after Messi vs Ronaldo is clear - and it's NOT Mbappe vs Haaland

Messi vs Ronaldo defined a generation - but it's not Mbappe vs Haaland that will define the next one

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The introvert and the extrovert. Fire and ice, faces of opposite institutions. A Capulet and a Montague, minus the brooding through a fish tank. Nemeses, frienemies, GOATs and greats alike. But all good things come to an end. 

The sun is setting on the age of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. The lights are all but out for the waning Portuguese – insisting on impersonating a self 15 years younger over dead balls – while Messi is now the United States' biggest proponent of walking football; still, just, mercurial enough for Argentina. 

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