Gareth Bale’s has talked about how the Welsh international and Cristiano Ronaldo are complete opposites at Real Madrid.
Ronaldo left Manchester United in the summer of 2009 and since joining the La Liga giants has been the main man at the club. He has levelled Real legend Raul’s record of 323 goals in just 6 years at the club.
Bale joined the Spanish capital club for a world record fee of £86m in 2013. He had an excellent debut season, winning the Europe’s elite club competition and Copa del Rey. A disappointing second season saw him being linked to United. The Mirror reports Louis van Gaal’s side made two £100m bids for the former Tottenham Hotspur star in the summer.
Bale’s representative Jonathan Barnett admitted his client and the Portuguese international are complete opposites, but he also went on to suggest there is no hatred between the two star forwards.
“I think there’s a great love of Ronaldo. I think that the new guard is coming and there’s some resentment, perhaps, to that. But I think things will change. Gareth’s now playing in a better position [more centrally], where he wants to play. I’ve always said it, I think he’ll be the best player in the world in the next couple of years,” Barnett told The Guardian.
“They don’t go out eating every night together, but it’s fine. There’s no hatred there. Gareth is a quiet guy. They’re complete opposites. But I think Gareth can learn a little bit from Ronaldo as well, interacting maybe a little bit.”
“But he wants his own life and he lives it. Gareth is a great footballer, he doesn’t want anything more. He has some very good endorsements but his whole life is to be the best footballer in the world. I don’t think he wants to be the best model in the world or the best underwear seller. That’s not him.”
Barnett’s comments suggest Bale is the new man who will take the guard and replace Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The former United star’s contract with his current employers runs down in 2019.
It should be seen whether the Portuguese star will be allowed to leave, which will allow Bale to take the centre stage. The Welshman has been heavily criticised for his form from a majority section of Real fans and has also been made a scapegoat for their poor performances.
It looks like Bale will be at Real for a long time as he is expected to emulate Ronaldo’s form, once the latter leaves the Spanish outfit.