Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo Debate: Liverpool Coach Jurgen Klopp picks his best:
It’s perhaps the biggest football debate of the 21st century, one which we’re almost certain you’ve had with your mates plenty of times.
The two superstars dominated for the past 10 years, creating a legacy that will extend for a long time beyond their retirements.
The latest high-profile name to weigh in on the argument is Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who has offered a great response.
Klopp picked Messi but also described Ronaldo as the “perfect player”.
“For me Messi, but I couldn’t admire Ronaldo more than I do already,” the Liverpool manager told YouTube channel freekickerz.
“The explanation is the following. We’ve played against both already and both are almost impossible to defend.
“But Messi has much lower physical requirements from birth on. If you could paint yourself a perfect player, it would have Ronaldo’s height, he could jump and run as high or quick as Ronaldo can do. And what is then even added to that is his total 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 therefore, 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.”
It’s a fantastic answer.
Klopp is clearly a huge fan of both players and it’s only his appreciation for how easy Messi makes the game look that’s left him in Team Messi.