Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi approach retirement about the anticipated changes in football.
In February Juventus star Ronaldo turned 35 with Barcelona skipper Messi celebrating his 33rd birthday in June.
For the past decade the pair have dominated world football and the Balon d’Or as part of their fight in the history of the greatest ever players in football. However, as the pair approaches the end of their glittering careers, Wenger has conceded that football will be forced to adjust in the post-Messi / Ronaldo period.
“We’ve never seen such players as Messi or Ronaldo. They’re players who can make anything out of nothing but they’re coming to an end,” he told Talksport for a Metro-reported interview.
“Football goes on, but the game will change when they retire.”We already have a new generation of players, with two replacements in Neymar and Kylian Mbappe”
Wenger told talkSPORT that Ronaldo and Lionel are near their retirement. It’s the next generation now, and the French will be the next generation. At the moment, Mbappe and Neymar are on the two players who are often seen as the champions. He added saying at their point, the youth are doing very well. They were doing well at World Cup with Gareth Southgate.
Wenger hopes that at the European Championship they would be one of the contenders.’
In the meantime, former Arsenal manager Unai Emery is hesitant to say that Mbappe will dominate the podium at the Ballon d’Or for years to come. ‘I don’t know if it’s going to be Mbappe for the Ballon d’Or,’ the Spaniard told AS in an interview. ‘He has the age, skill, and talent to achieve that level, but I don’t dare so categorically say that.’
Mbappe has been on the transfer shortlist for Real Madrid for many years and Emery claims that the 21-year-old will be a success in La Liga