Jurgen Klopp tells story about Lionel Messi that Cristiano Ronaldo fans won’t enjoy

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Whichever side of the Lionel Messi v Cristiano Ronaldo debate you’re on, we can all agree that they’re both genuine legends of the game.

Many football fans believe Messi is the GOAT (Greatest of all Time), while others think Ronaldo deserves that title.

In terms of titles won - both team and individual - there’s very little to separate the two superstars.

Both Messi and Ronaldo have won countless leagues, cups and European trophies during their illustrious careers.

They also have five Ballon d’Or awards apiece.

Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference. The debate over which of them is/was the better footballer will rumble on for decades to come.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, however, has made it quite clear that he’s firmly in the Messi camp.

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Speaking at a Q&A at the Liverpool Foundation gala dinner this week, Klopp revealed that he got a selfie with the Barcelona icon but not with Ronaldo, who was in the same room at the time.

“My father always told me, whatever people say in the future, Pele was the best,” Klopp said.

“I met him actually, when I was a pundit at the World Cup in 2006. I’m not the type of guy who gets nervous but I was sweating like crazy in that moment.”

He then added: “I have only one selfie on my smartphone. That’s with Messi.

“Cristiano Ronaldo was in the room as well…”

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The audience enjoyed that one. Klopp couldn’t help smiling, either.

Ronaldo, as an ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid player, is hardly the most popular footballer in the eyes of the Anfield faithful.

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In truth, we should enjoy Messi and Ronaldo while they’re still playing football.

Both players have scaled unimaginable heights during their careers and deserve huge respect for keeping themselves at the top for so long.

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Neither star is getting any younger - Messi is 31 while Ronaldo turns 34 in February - and, sadly, it won’t be too much longer before they’re retired.

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