Yes, you read the title right. There is definitely no harm when competitive rivalry is taken sportively by both sides. After the Messi vs Ronaldo battle stealing the show for several years, it is refreshing to see a new battle arise. But the problem is that we all know the direction in which the Messi-Ronaldo battle went. At one point, fans' entire focus went on those two, especially during El Classico periods. It is worrying to see the possibility of these two youngsters going through the same path.
Real Madrid's Rodrygo had to wait for his chance. With Zidane putting faith in fellow Brazillian youngster Vinicius jr, opportunities were slim for the new arrival. But when his turn came, he took it gracefully. By scoring in his first-ever shot for Los Blancos, he had increased all the expectations on him.
Rodrygo would go on to woo everyone with his exemplary performance against Galatasary at the Bernabeu. His hattrick saw him become the youngest Brazillian to score in the competition. He is now a regular starter and is linking up very well with Benzema. Los Blancos momentarily don't seem to miss Gareth Bale because of Rodrygo's performances. The 18-year-old is now a regular feature in the MARCA papers and is continually compared to Fati.
Ansu Fati, La Masia's crown jewel, made history and broke a couple of records. Now still 17, he has two goals and one assist in about ten appearances for the Barcelona first team. One of the most impressive things about the kid is that he directly played for the senior team without even playing for the reserves.
The Catalans had a rough start to the La Liga season, with injuries, and Ansu had to move up the ladder to fill in the empty spots. He did step up and show us his class. But even after the big guns have returned, he still gets his chances. In recent games, the 17-year-old has had more impact than the club's big-money signing, Ousmane Dembele.
The media and fans should reduce the focus on these two bright kids. We all remember how the Hallilovic-Odegaard collating ended. One must enjoy Fati and Rodrygo's growth and not fuel debates on who is better. It's way too early for this, and it must be stopped prematurely.