The Dutchman has hailed the qualities of both attackers, yet hopes to see the Real Madrid man make it to the World Cup rather than the PSG hitman
The Barcelona icon has stressed that it's a shame that either the Real Madrid star or the Paris Saint-Germain striker will miss next year's tournament, but he would rather see Portugal qualify than Sweden if he had to make a choice between both countries.
"It is a huge blow for the World Cup that one of these two players won't make it. It's a sad situation," Cruyff told Algemeen Dagblad.
"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.
"But it's a shame for the footballing world that one of them won't be there if you look at how they play and at the goals Ibrahimovic has scored in recent weeks."
Friday's first leg play-off in Lisbon is scheduled to kick off at 20:45CET.