Let’s face it, the ever-present battle between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to determine who’s the best footballer on the planet isn’t going to be decisively settled anytime soon.

Due to their similar ages and mind-boggling respective abilities it seems as though the two will continue to divide opinion until they both fade out of prominence when age takes it toll.

With respects to their ultimate successor, there’s plenty of candidates who could lay claim to the throne in the future. Jose Mourinho would have you believe that Eden Hazard has the potential to be the best around, others think Barcelona’s Neymar…

But just how many players are vying for that coveted spot which Messi and Ronaldo have shared for the best part of the last five years?

Click on to see the top eight players who could become the best in the world in time….

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