‘Haaland may score as many goals, but will he have the quality? I’m not sure’
Chelsea legend, Joe Cole, and Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, have ruled out any possibility of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland or Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe reaching the goals records of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Ronaldo scored his 700th career club goal against Everton on Sunday as Man United defeated Frank Lampard’s side 2-1.
The Portugal captain is the first football player to reach 700 scores in club football, and he is ahead of Messi, who sits just behind on 691.
Cole said of Ronaldo: “It is a massive achievement to do it the way he has done it. Haaland may score as many goals, but will he have the quality? I’m not sure. We won’t see two [Ronaldo and Messi] like this for a very long time.”
On his part, Ferdinand added: “We talk about legends, but none of them sustained this level of greatness for this amount of time.
It’s mind-boggling. We are seeing Haaland and Mbappe, but they won’t reach it. It shows you the levels we are talking about.”