The World Cup needs Ronaldo - Goal readers vote for Madrid star over Ibrahimovic

Ahead of the opening leg of the World Cup play-off between Portugal and Sweden, the ex-Man Utd attacker trumped the PSG star in our poll
World Cup 2014 needs Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo more than Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, according to Goal readers.

The Seleccao host Erik Hamren's men on Friday before the return leg on November 19, with the winner qualifying for next summer's tournament in Brazil and loser condemned to watch from back home.

A bumper 9,423 people out of almost 15,000 voted in favour of Real Madrid's Ronaldo - the Ballon d'Or frontrunner claiming 63 per cent of the vote.

On the other hand, 5,545 (37% of) readers believe that Brazil needs Ibrahimovic - who has scored some spectacular goals in the last 12 months - more than the former Manchester United man.

Both players have been in fantastic form this season and have been integral in the Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain's excellent Champions League campaigns.

In 2014 World Cup qualification, Ibrahimovic has had the upper hand, scoring six goals en route to the upcoming play-off showdowns compared to Ronaldo's four strikes.