Eto'o names Ronaldo & Messi successor

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Samuel Eto'o has tipped a certain youngster to become the "new God" of football after Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's dominance of the sport comes to an end.

"The next Messi" or "the next Ronaldo" is a popular term in football, particularly when a young prospect emerges on the world football scene, and many players have been touted as the next best thing over the years.

FC Barcelona legend Eto'o has now revealed that he believes Paris Saint-Germain and France star Kylian Mbappe will become the successor to Ronaldo and Messi at the top of the game.

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"Cristiano is another God. Together with Messi, they are the players who mark current football with the highest grades," the Cameroon icon told Argentine newspaper La Nacion.

"But another God is coming for when Messi and Cristiano get tired of giving us these joys.

"That new God will be Kylian Mbappe."

Former Liverpool and Real Madrid winger Steve McManaman shared Eto'o's sentiments recently.

"I think he [Mbappe] is an incredible, incredible footballer. He's the rightful heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's throne, which is going to happen now or next year," the former England international said during a BT Sport broadcast.

"His numbers are fantastic. I just don't know whether he needs to leave and go to a more accomplished team, not just a team littered with a couple of stars but a really compact group of individuals to take him to the next level.

"Maybe it's a bit strange saying that, seeing what he's achieved already. But I feel if he went to a team like Bayern he could really excel and kick on again, and get to the numbers to usurp a Lionel Messi."

The 22-year-old, who scored 42 goals and assisted a further 11 strikes in 47 appearances across all competitions for PSG last season, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid as well as Liverpool.

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