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Former FC Barcelona captain Xavi Hernandez has named his two favourites to dominate football when the Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi era comes to an end.The 37-year-old, who finished in third spot in the Ballon d'Or ranking in 2009, 2010 and 2011, believes that Neymar will eventually end the Ronaldo-Messi reign."I think there will be a while after Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo when Neymar will be the reference point," Xavi told El Pais.
"Especially as he is Brazilian; Brazil have every chance of making it to a World Cupsbofinal."Xavi also added that he believes Neymar won't stay at the top of the game for too long before his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Kylian Mbappe replaces him as the world's best.
"The Neymar era will last three or four years, and then Mbappe's time will come," he added."He has mad potential. And he is still young; he's only 19. He is a monster."The Ronaldo-Messi era began in 2008sbowhen the Portuguese lifted his first Ballon d'Or, before his longstanding rival won four consecutive Golden Balls.
However, Ronaldo launched an incredible comeback and has now won the award for the world's best player in four of the past five years, with both superstars having claimed five Ballons d'Or each and dominated world football for the past 10 years.Neymar, meanwhile, finished in third spot in the past two years, while Mbappe became the youngest player ever to finish in the top 10 after ending up in seventh position in the 2017 ranking.sbo
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