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‘Bale Destined For Ballon d’Or’

Former Real Madrid manager, John Toshack, has insisted Gareth Bale can follow in the footsteps of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and win the FIFA Ballon d’Or.

The Welshman had an impressive debut season at Bernabeu, scoring in both the Copa del Rey and the Champions League final, and looks even sharper this season.

"Well, he's only 25 and he has the capability to win the Ballon d'Or,” Toshack told AS.

“Moving to Madrid was good for him in that respect, because his exposure will be much greater than anywhere else.

“Then he has to manage the injuries. That is Cristiano and Messi's secret; They have never had serious injuries.

“But yes, Bale has all the attributes to follow in the footsteps of Messi and Cristiano.

Toshack gave Bale his national team debut for Wales as a 17-year-old and revealed the Real star has much improved since.

“When he was 17 I selected Gareth Bale for his first international game against Trinidad and Tobago, who were then coached by Leo Beenhakker. That was in 2006,” he added.

"He was still at Southampton. He was playing at left back. But because of his attacking attributes I sometimes played him as a striker.

“Bale's problem at that time was that he was very unlucky with injuries. He was out of the national team for almost two years for one reason or another. That put the brakes on his development, although he's over it now.

"His physique is completely different. He is much more complete now. His physique now is very impressive.

Do you think Gareth Bale will win the FIFA Ballon d’Or in the near future? Have your say in the comment section below.

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