Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi could be replaced by these players

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The sad thing about football is that everyone has to retire at such an early age. It's so disappointing to realise that Cristiano Ronaldo is only going to be around for another three to four years whilst Lionel Messi's expiration date won't be too much further along than that.

But what I do enjoy is looking at the young talents who will take the mantle from these esteemed names in the future. Thankfully there is no shortage of youngsters coming through, and the years ahead will be exciting.

But who will replace Ronaldo and Messi in the future as the world's very best? Here are some of the most frequently mentioned contenders...

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Paulo Dybala

Palermo's very own Paulo Dybala has been a hot transfer topic over the past several months in terms of a move to the Premier League. The Argentine forward was rumoured to be causing interest from Arsenal in January, but Arsene Wenger's transfer wishlist for Christmas was blank.

However, the same can't be said for his summer shopping list as reported by the media lately. It is claimed that the 21-year-old is subject to a move away from Palermo this summer as their president has instructed manager, Giuseppe Iachini, not to play him amidst fears of injury.

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Arsenal, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus have all been framed as potential outfits for the Argentinian. But what does this youngster have in his locker?

Well, tipped as the next Sergio Aguero, it appears that wherever he goes, he will take his goals with him. Despite being at such a young age, this lad isn't afraid to show his colours and hit the back of the net on a regular basis. What more could you want for Palermo's asking price of £29 million?

Paul Pogba

Here's another young player who is tipped as a possible future Ballon d'Or winner. But whoever has done must have been severely under the influence of alcohol. Have they actually seen Paul Pogba play? No wonder Sir Alex Ferguson got rid of him back in 2012. 

The only reason that the 22-year-old is coping well in the Serie A is because it's an appalling standard of football. When the Frenchman has come to feature in the Champions League this season, he has crumbled. He had his chance to prove himself at a high level and he has failed, even if he was rewarded for his performances at the World Cup.

Is it just me, or are you fed up of seeing Pogba's face in the newspapers on a daily basis. "Chelsea are interested," "Manchester United rekindle their interest" and so on. It's really quite boring, and one thing that baffles me is the thoughtless price tag that has been slapped on the poor lad.

Who would want to pay the preposterous price of £58 million for Paul Pogba?

Julian Draxler

From one of the most overrated prospects to one of the best. Julian Draxler featured in Germany's World Cup winning team and has already proven himself in the Champions League. What better way to kickstart your career at the age of 21?

Arsenal's never ending transfer saga with the winger continues, according to Metro, who report that Arsene Wenger is looking to splash out £30 million to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.

And why not? £30 million for a player of Draxler's talent is a bargain in my eyes. I think he would work well with his international team mates, Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker, at the club, as well as providing that key supply link up with Olivier Giroud.

Can Draxler be one of the world's best? You can debate it amongst yourselves in the comments below, but I certainly believe he can.

Memphis Depay

Memphis Depay has been in the news all week. First of all, rumours of him moving to Paris Saint-Germain were doing the rounds before Manchester United came in like a wrecking ball and penned a deal for the Dutchman.

Louis van Gaal should be happy with his business, because what he has got his hands on here is real talent. 

We saw a little taster of the 21-year-old in Brazil at the World Cup and he certainly didn't disappoint by scoring twice for the Netherlands during the competition.

His goalscoring record is no different at club level either, with 38 goals in 88 games for PSV in the Eredivisie over the previous four years.

Now is his chance to really prove himself as one of the world's next best players. Manchester United is the perfect club for him to be able to stake a claim for that label. Nonetheless, he has to earn that.

Who do you think are the next best players in the world? Let us know below?

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