Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has praised both Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but admits that he would rather see the Real Madrid ace at next year's World Cup. 

The former Barcelona manager and icon has expressed his discontent that one of the world's best strikers will not be partaking in the prestigious competition. Yet, he still would rather see Portugal and Ronaldo in Brazil, should he have to choose between the pair. 

Speaking with Algemeen Dagblad the Dutchmen said: "It is a huge blow for the World Cup that one of these two players won't make it. It's a sad situation.

"I don't really have a preference between the two of them, but if I had to make a choice I would rather see Ronaldo qualify. That's a bit of a political decision, though, as I live in Spain.

"They're different types of players. I have criticised both of them in the past because I think they should behave like role models. Kids adore them." 

Both of the strikers have been in lethal form this season alone. 

In just 20 matches for club and country the Swede has managed to accumulate 22 goals so far this season, in addition to 5 assists, making him one of the in-form strikers at present. 

Compared to Ronaldo Ibrahimovic is left in the lurch, with a staggering 28 goals coming in just 20 appearances for Portugal and Real Madrid, which includes four hat-tricks.

Cruyff played over 140 La Liga games for Barcelona in the 1970's and is widely credited for starting the tika-taka football at the Nou Camp.

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