‘Gareth Bale not yet at same level as Lionel Messi & Cristiano Ronaldo’

Rio Ferdinand says Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is not in the same bracket as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - yet

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Gareth Bale has scored 12 goals in his last 13 games Photo: Back Page Images

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Rio Ferdinand believes Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale is not yet at the same level as La Liga superstars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Wales international scored twice in a 3-2 victory over West Ham United on Monday night, taking his tally to 15 Premier League goals this season.

Bale has earned comparisons to former Red Devils forward Ronaldo amid reports of interest in his services from Barcelona and Madrid.

But Ferdinand, who previously played alongside Ronaldo and against Messi, believes that the 23-year-old must produce match-winning performances on a regular basis over a number of seasons before he can be considered in the same bracket.

“People mentioning Bale in the same breath as Cristiano + Messi really don’t know football!” tweeted Ferdinand.

“Bale been 1 of best 2 in PL this year but he is not on CR7 + Messi’s level yet…he carries on doing what he is doing for 2/3yrs then there can be a debate.

“Bale showed me a clean pair of heels once this year so I’m in good position to judge! CR7 + Messi have been on another planet for 4-5yrs #consistent#KeepItClean.”

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