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Jürgen Klopp: ‘Messi is the best, but I admire Ronaldo’

The Liverpool manager gave his verdict

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Jürgen Klopp has sided with Barcelona ace Lionel Messi over Juventus’s Cristiano Ronaldo in the debate over who the best in the world is.

The Liverpool manager was asked, “who is the best: Messi or Ronaldo?”

“For me, Messi, but I couldn’t admire Ronaldo more than I do already,” Klopp answered.

“We’ve played against both Messi and Ronaldo already, and both are almost impossible to defend.

“If you could paint yourself a perfect player, he would have Ronaldo’s height, he could jump as high or run as fast as Ronaldo can. And what is then added to that, is his attitude. It is absolutely perfect and professional, it couldn’t be any better.

“And on the other side there is the small Messi, who makes everything look so simple. And therefore I like him maybe a little bit more as a player on the pitch. But Cristiano is also an absolutely incredible player.

“It’s really difficult then, but what both have in common is that both have left their footprints for such a long time.

“There are also some younger players who have a similar potential, but to do that over this time period is even more incredible.”

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