Every master has a protege, and every leading figurehead an understudy just waiting to be given the chance to emulate him.
There’s something about the way we are engineered as humans that means we’re very rarely content with what we’ve already got. We’re always looking to the future for the next best thing, and pondering whether or not it’s got what it takes to be better than the last ‘best thing’.
In football it’s no different and in many respects the rate at which footballers rise and fall over the course of their short careers makes it easy for us to continuously be searching for the next diamond in the ruff. However often we as fans become so consumed by the hype generated around a rising star that we don’t actually properly identify if they will ever be as good as the generation their looking to replace.
Naturally we draw comparisons between the world’s best stars and those in line to take their positions once they retire… but are any of them actually fit to do so?
Here we give you the masters vs their apprentices. Click on to see the Top 10: Footballing masters vs their apprentices.