Tottenham’s Bale dismisses Messi and Ronaldo comparisons
Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale plays down comparisons to Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
Gareth Bale admits he is flattered to be compared with the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo – but insists he is not paying attention to the hype surrounding the Tottenham winger.
The 23-year-old scored twice and set up Gyfli Sigurdsson’s strike in a 3-2 victory over West Ham United on Monday as Spurs moved into third place in the Premier League table.
That stunning performance was the latest in a string of fine displays that have led many to claim the winger is now at a similar level to La Liga’s two biggest stars.
Bale, who is being widely touted to win the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award, has scored 15 Premier League goals from midfield this season as he continues to drive Tottenham towards a top-four finish.
However, the Wales international was quick to play down talk of him joining the world’s elite, with the Spurs star adding that he does not model his style of play on Ronaldo.
“I think anybody would love to be mentioned alongside the best in the world,” he told Sport magazine.
“It’s flattering, but I don’t really look too much into it. I don’t get the newspapers or read too many reports, so I don’t really know how much hype there is.
“Obviously my friends tell me things, but I just treat every day as normal and focus on my job.
“I don’t model my game on Ronaldo’s. I have my own way of playing and it’s not exactly the same but we do have similar attributes.
“I just like watching the best players: seeing Messi and Ronaldo. I’ve watched Ronaldo in the past and you do take things from other people’s games to try to improve as a player, which I have – hopefully.”