One of the greatest players in the world – Cristiano Ronaldo has created a massive legacy in the sport of kings. Many players are seen as "the next Cristiano Ronaldo", but few reach their full potential. However, a number of young players are paving their own path in recent seasons and could have illustrious careers as the Portuguese superstar. Here, let's list the Top 5 players who can become the "next Cristiano Ronaldo".

1/ Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain)

One of the best players in the world – Kylian Mbappe achieved a lot in football at a young age. His penalty in the penalty shootout against Switzerland in the Euro 2020-21 round of 16 is still fresh in pundits' minds, but there's no denying that Mbappe is a global superstar.

The 22-year-old has been in astonishing form for club and country on a consistent basis, and there is little suggestion that this growth will stop. Mbappe has made 27 appearances in Ligue 1, scoring 27 goals and providing 7 assists. The France international is a complete striker and it is no surprise that he has been linked with Real Madrid.

2/ Erling Braut Haaland (Borussia Dortmund)

Erling Braut Haaland may be left-footed, but his desire to score goals and his intense style of play are comparable to Cristiano Ronaldo. Considered one of the best strikers in world football, Haaland is already a superstar.

The Norwegian has become a find at Borussia Dortmund - where he has made 59 appearances in all competitions, scoring 57 goals and providing 15 assists. Haaland has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in the world, with Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Real Madrid all interested. Many also see the 20-year-old as a great future of this football world.

3/ Federico Chiesa (Juventus)

Cristiano Ronaldo's Juventus team-mate Federico Chiesa has captured the attention of the global audience after a stellar Euro 2020-21 campaign. The Italy international has worked hard to give wings to the national team's crowning dreams, having provided motivation and creativity from the large areas of action on the pitch.

Chiesa's overall quality was evident at the tournament, with coach Roberto Mancini choosing him over the more experienced Domenico Berardi in the Knock-out phase of the tournament. Juventus haven't had a really good 2020-21 season, but Chiesa is one of their few outstanding players. The 23-year-old has made 28 appearances in Serie A, scoring eight goals and providing eight assists.

4/ Jadon Sancho (Manchester United)

Jadon Sancho's move to Manchester United has finally been announced, and the club's fans have breathed a sigh of relief. A story that began last summer has ended with Manchester United currently employing one of the best young players in the world.

Sancho spent three productive seasons with Borussia Dortmund - where he made 137 appearances in all competitions, scoring 50 goals and providing 64 assists. The England international is a creative striker with excellent dribbling and technical skills. Since Cristiano Ronaldo left the club, Manchester United have been unable to find a worthy replacement for the Portuguese superstar. But Sancho might be the best answer.

5/ Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

Joao Felix's career has faltered a bit since joining Atletico Madrid from Benfica for a club record fee of £114.5 million in 2019. Was a highly-rated talent in his days. With Benfica, Felix enjoyed a stunning 2018-19 season at the club and subsequently attracted interest from top clubs across Europe. Atletico Madrid won the race and Felix has been signed as Barcelona's Antoine Griezmann replacement.

The 21-year-old has shown his potential for sure in Spain, but there is a feeling that Felix doesn't fit into Diego Simeone's rigid tactical system. The striker has made 76 appearances in all competitions, scoring 19 goals and providing nine assists. Having said that, the Portuguese international is clearly gifted and still has time to develop and become one of the best players in world football. Felix is ​​seen by many as the future of the Portuguese team and will be the player to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.