Messi and Ronaldo are widely regarded as the best two players on the planet, and the legendary Zidane thinks that the Tottenham Hotspur winger is getting closer to the standard set by the Liga pair.
"The problem is this year the player who has impressed me most is not actually playing in the Champions League," Zidane is quoted as saying in The Mirror.
"He is playing in 'the other cup' (Europa League), and that is Bale. He's perhaps not quite at the level of the other two, but he's different. So personally I don't think he's far off.
"You can't compare him. He's unique, he makes things look easy, his pace is frightening. His acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space. Plus he is very good technically, which is also very important. We must not forget that he plays football very well."