The pair have enjoyed a stranglehold over the Ballon dOr for the past decade, with Messi guiding Barcelona to La Liga glory last season while Ronaldo claimed his fifth Champions League winners medal last season before leaving Real Madrid for Juventus.
Klopp was asked a series of quick-fire questions by German TV, and had little hesitation when it came to deciding between Messi and Ronaldo.
Thats unfair again – just like [whether I want to win] the Champions League or Premier League, Klopp told Sky Germany.
But I would go with Lionel. Although I adore both!
Klopp was earlier asked whether he would prefer domestic or European glory, and said he wanted to win the Premier League more than the Champions League.
Liverpool didnt do it yet, he explained: For me personally it wouldnt make such a difference, I would like to have both, that would be my favourite option.
Messi and Ronaldo are enjoying hugely prolific campaigns once again this season, with Ronaldo netting eight times in his 12 Serie A appearances.
But his Argentine rival just holds the edge, having scored nine times in nine starts in La Liga – as well as laying on five assists – while he is also the joint top scorer in the Champions League with five goals.
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