Real Madrid Transfers: The 3 generational talents on the radar this year

PSG, Kylian Mbappe (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Dortmund, Erling Haaland
Dortmund, Erling Haaland (Photo by Mateo Villalba/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) /

Dortmund ST Erling Haaland

And the second entry on this list of three generational talents is just as unsurprising as the first. Erling Haaland is already breaking Champions League records set by Kylian Mbappe, scoring at a pace so rapid that it is almost hard to believe. If it weren’t for Robert Lewandowski’s own production in the same league, the Haaland hype may be even more immense.

As it stands, no single player has increased their stock more in the past two seasons. Haaland is a sensation, even acknowledging that his decision-making could improve and his finishing with his right foot could be much more refined. He is not the finished product, and that actually makes his 35 goals in all competitions this season even more astounding.

We are seeing fanbases of clubs who do not think they actually have a chance at Haaland doing their best to undermine the 20-year-old, which I find to be in poor taste. I do think there is room to offer constructive critiques of any player, but to deny that Haaland is a generational talent is quite disingenuous. What Haaland is doing with the Black and Yellows is jaw-dropping, and I shudder to think where this dysfunctional side would be in the table without him.

We may get the answer to that question next summer, as much as Dortmund would like to make us believe he is not for sale. And Real Madrid will be there waiting for him this summer, ready to open their checkbook to sign a man who could join a long list of legendary strikers that includes dignitaries such as Raul, Ronaldo, and the beloved Karim Benzema.