Gareth Bale: 'Cristiano Ronaldo is the best'

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates a goal against Real Sociedad on January 6, 2013
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Gareth Bale says that Cristiano Ronaldo is the "best all-round player in the world".

Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale has said that he would love to be "half as good" as Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 23-year-old, who has been linked with a move to become Ronaldo's teammate at Real Madrid, believes that the Portuguese superstar is the best player in the world.

"The way he plays, I think he is the best all-round player in the world," Bale told reporters. "People have said things in the past [that] the stuff he does is similar in a way to what I do. All I can do is keep playing my football.

"He is right up there and a benchmark for every player who wants to be as good as him.

"You set your sights [on playing like him] - he is on a different planet apart from [Lionel] Messi. He is one of those players that everyone aspires to and I'd love to be half as good as him."

Ronaldo has scored 21 goals in 20 La Liga games this season.

Ronaldo and Messi during the first leg of the 2012/13 Super Cup on August 23, 2012
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