Albeit Lionel Messi’s level has maintained the same even though he’s 31 years old, both Messi and his club Barcelona know that he’s not getting any younger and in a couple of seasons he will have to hang the cleats. With that being said, the Blaugrana have to start looking for a proper replacement for the Argentinian star when he decides to call it a career.
Right now there are a lot of players who appear to be very good for the future, but only a bunch of them can carry the torch once Messi is gone. Not every wonderkid has what it takes to replace the 5-time Ballon d’Or winner and that makes the search for his successor even harder. However, we have found some potential successors for Messi when the time comes.
Here are the top 5 best replacement for Lionel Messi in Barcelona.
He is expected to lead the English national side for several years to come alongside other players and he could do the same in Barcelona. He was linked to Barcelona in recent months, there were even rumors of Rashford going to play in Camp Nou in exchange for Philippe Coutinho, so that might be a good start for Rashford to take the torch from Messi when the star decides to leave.
Mbappe is followed by every major club in Europe and even though at this point Real Madrid appears as the favorite to take his talents, Barcelona has made clear that they are going to fight for Mbappe, starting this summer. The club’s directive thinks of Kylian as the successor of Messi, stating they won’t hesitate to pay big money in order to land the PSG star.
Right now Sane is being followed by Bayern Munich, but Barcelona can show up as a surprising suitor for the German and steal this gem from both Bayern and Manchester City. At this time he’s only 23, so the best years of his career are ahead of him. This is a player who doesn’t get scared when the hot moments arrive and that’s something Barcelona will need after their killer retires from the game.
The 2017-2018 FIFPro Young Player of the Year is ready to steal the spotlight and what better way to do so than replacing the one and only Lionel Messi.
Clubs like Liverpool or Bayern have been linked with Dybala in the past, but if there is something he’s stated in several occasions is his desire to play alongside Lionel Messi and not only in the Argentinian national side. This could be the best opportunity for Dybala to make his dream come true and to start his journey as the next leader of Barcelona.
Neymar already proved the things he could do for Barcelona during his days at Camp Nou. For instance, he was the best player in that historic comeback the Blaugrana pulled off in front of PSG back in 2017. Therefore, Neymar has everything to succeed in Barcelona, he just has to decide if the can wait a couple of seasons until Messi’s retirement or take his talents elsewhere.